Campaign against child trafficking, child labour at Sanis
DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 29
The District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) Wokha, under the Department of Social Welfare held Block Level Sensitization Training programme with community leaders on ‘Child Rights’ and ‘Integrated Child Protection Scheme’ and its components (ICPS) at Sanis Town on November 28 at Sanis Town hall. The participants were District Administration, Police, village council chaimen, anganwadi workers, GBs, Dobashis and leaders of NGOs.
The SDO (Civil) Sanis block Phuleshe Sema in his keynote address, urged the trainees that their responsibility is not just to seat and listen to the resource person but to carry back the massage to their respective villages and work collectively with their people to ensure that ICPS is successfully implemented in the state of Nagaland.
The resource person Neinguvotuo Krose, legal probation officer spoke on the topic “Integrated Child protection Scheme” (ICPS) and its components. He highlighted the objective of organising the training is to raise public awareness about the reality of child rights situation and protection in India where ICPS is contributing to the improvement in the well being of children in difficult circumstances, as well as to the reduction of vulnerabilities to situations and actions that lead to abuse, neglect, exploitation, abandonment and separation of children from parents.
The target groups of ICPS is Children in conflict with law, Missing and found children, Orphaned abandoned destitute children, differently able children, Children from families at risk, Engaged in substance abuse, HIV/AIDS infected/affected children, Affected by arms conflict and disaster, Street children, Working children, Trafficked children and Abused children.
He also highlighted about the crucial role of Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in the entire rehabilitation process of children and the functions of State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA) which has been set up to streamline and check illegal adoptions as well as programmes available under SARA like sponsorship, Foster care, Adoption and After-care programmes for children who are in need of care and protection.
Phuleto Sema, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Wokha highlighted about free and compulsory education of children below 14 years of age. He stated that a school exerts great influence on the child as it is in the school where the child spent of his /her time. The school should act as a second family providing care and protection to the child and make learning interesting and enjoyable and importantly refrain from corporal punishment.
He also highlighted about child trafficking and child labour prohibition Act that the period of work on each day shall be so fixed that it does not exceed three hours and a child gets interval for at least one hour.
Overall working period in a day cannot exceed six hours including the period of interval for rest and including the time spent in waiting for work on any day. No child shall be permitted to work between 7 p.m and 8am and no child shall be work overtime. The child shall be entitled to one whole day holiday which has to be specified by a notice permanently exhibited at conspicuous place in the establishment.
The training was chaired by Arhomo Lotha, Data Entry Operator DCPU, Wokha and invocation was pronounced by Thepusa Keyho Data Analyst DCPU, Wokha respectively.