By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, January 31: The state–level review consultation on “End Violence against Children” was held at the Assam Administrative Staff College at Khapara in Guwahati from January 29–30. Various organizations organize such meets and discussions in the state, but there are little changes on the ground as successive governments lack the seriousness which the such missions demand.
The consultation was organized by ASCPCR in partnership with UNICEF. Over 200 participants from 27 districts of Assam, including senior government officials from the departments of Social Welfare, Labour and Employment, Education/ SSA, RMSA, Police , Health, etc.
The iugural session of the consultation was chaired by Assam Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla. The guests at the iugural function included Mr. Guwahati Commissioner of Police Jyotirmoi Chakrabarty, UNICEF Deputy Representative David Mcloughlin, Director of Social Welfare, Dilip Barthakur and others.
The technical session started with a presentation by Ved Prakash Gautam, child protection specialist, UNICEF, Assam wherein he shared the global and tiol context of violence against children. He focused on some specific datas related to child marriage, child labour in the context of Assam.
In the subsequent panel presentation Department of social Welfare, SSA, RMSA, Department of Home, Department of Labour presented status on the topics, specifically related to their departments like ICDS, ICPS schemes, missing children, anti–human trafficking units, implementation of RMSA, school drop–out, corporal punishment, draft state convergent plan of action for child labour etc.
LEHER, a technical resource agency based in Delhi facilitated the group exercise which discussed issues like what district should do for quick and quality results for children, what the State should provide/ do to address the bottlenecks, key gaps and challenges in leveraging structures and schemes for children, and filly to came up with key recommendation to address violence against children in the state.
So far ‘End Violence against Children’ is just a slogan in Assam. A pertinent question is: will this slogan be translated into a reality?