First Child Empowerment Day observed in North Sikkim

Mangan, 14 Mar [IPR]: The 1st "Child Empowerment Day" was observed at Chungthang and Tingchim Chaday GPUs in North Sikkim on Sunday. ADC-Chungthang, Hem Sagar Kaphley, chaired the meeting at VAC Chungthang which was also attended by the Panchayat President Chungchung Lepcha who is also the VLCPC chairperson, DCPO-North, Wendy Lepcha, SIRD Field Facilitator and members of the Village Level Child Protection Committee of the GPU.

Mr Kaphley requested the committee to be proactive and work towards the protection of child rights.

He encouraged them to report and extended his full support on any issue pertaining to child rights.

The DCPO highlighted provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act and how the structures established under the Act function towards protection of child rights in the district.

The Panchayat President shared his intention to guide and lead the Village Child Protection Committee wholeheartedly and requested the members to work diligently as child protectors of the GPU.

Also today, the Village Level Child Protection Committee of Tingchim Chaday GPU observed the day in the presence of Panchayat President and Chairperson, VLCPC, Sarki Bhutia, Chairperson, CWC-North, Mingma Doma Bhutia, members of the VLCPC and children of the GPU.

The roles and responsibilities of VLCPC and Child Welfare Committee and further plans to empower the GPU were discussed.

The observance of Child Empowerment Day is an initiative of SIRD-North wherein the 25 GPUs of the State identified as "Child Empowering GPUs" are required to observe this day on the 14th of every month.

The VLCP Committees established by the District Child Protection Units under the Child Protection Scheme take the responsibility to organize child-related activities and programmes on this day.

The committees have to also ensure the setting up of "Child Empowerment Centres" for which 4 GPUs of the North District have been identified by State Institute of Rural Department and Panchayati Raj (SIRDPR), Rural Development Department in coordination with the District Child Protection Unit, North & Block Level Child Protection Committees under Child Protection Scheme, Social Justice and Welfare Department.

The Centre has been funded under Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA), Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. The objective is to provide safe space for children of the GPU and to cater to their developmental, educational or other needs.