Gangtok, 23 Jul:
Department of Social Justice, Empowerment & Welfare, Government of Sikkim organised daylong awareness programme at the conference hall of KalyanBhawan in Lumsey today. The special awareness programme was organised for the parents of children staying at Child Care Institutions [CCIs] sponsored by the SJE&W Department under Integrated Child Protection Scheme [ICPS].
Chairperson, Child Welfare Commission, Phurba Sherpa, attended the event as chief guest.
Deputy Secretary cum Programme Manager, ICPS, Bandana Rai, highlighted various issues related to CCIs in the State and briefed the gathering about the main objectives of organising such awareness programmesfor the parents and guardians.
She also informed that the centrally sponsored scheme of establishing CCIs under ICPS was started in Sikkim in the year 2013. A total of 27 CCIs are functional in the State as of now that have been providing shelter to more than 780 POCSO victims and others, she added.
“The CCIs basically provide facilities to homeless, abandoned, mentally/physically ill, abused-exploited children, POCSO victims and under privileged children,” said MsRai.
The awareness programmewas conducted to encourage parents and guardians capable enough of taking care of their children to take their wards back home in order to provide them love, support, care and most importantly a homely environment which is much needed for nurturing the children, she added.
“Children need the presence of their parents, guardians and family members. To provide the same, parents who can provide them with facilities can take their wards home which will not only help them to grow in a positive manner but will also provide a chance to many other needy children to stay at these CCIs,” MsRai informed.
She further added that the Ministry has now been encouraging restoration of children staying at CCIs and de-institutionalization.
Addressing the gathering, Special Secretary, DhanJyotiMukhia, requested all to have a clear idea of various schemesespecially the CCI and urged the concerned department to work as per certain norms.
“Parental support and guidance is important for overall development of a child,” expressed MsMukhia.
Chairperson, CWC,MrSherpa, in his address said the programmehas been organised to