Childline Advisory Board formation Meeting on Childline-1098 held at Gyalshing, West Sikkim

Gyalshing, 28 Aug (IPR): Childline Collaborative Organisation, Gyalshing organised its first childline advisory board meeting at Zilla Bhawan in Gyalshing. Present as the chairperson was District Collector, West, Shri Karma R. Bonpo, along with ADC, West, Shri Karma L. Lepcha, Joint Secretary (Welfare), Smt. Bandana Rai, SDPO Gyalshing, Shri Sonam Wangdi Bhutia, and other officials.

The DC West mentioned that a Childline Helpline Center needs to be established at Yuksam and Soreng at the earliest with the help of local NGOs. He stated that the officials need to know their roles with regard to childcare and child welfare. He also asked all Sub Divisional Magistrates and Block Development Officers of West Sikkim to implement and sensitize the public about the Childline Helpline at their respective offices and areas of jurisdictions. He mentioned that proper sensitization needs to be carried out in order to tackle child related problems and cases in the district, hence, he urged that the lead of proper guidance needs to be taken by the DCPO West.

Coordinator, Childline (West), Mr. Chitran Rai, gave a PowerPoint presentation on vision and mission of the organisation, objectives of childline-1098, actions of childline, intervention model, childline child protection activities and the notable achievements and exercises of the childline collaborative organisation so far.

The main agenda of the meeting was to form the Childline Advisory Board (CAB), mass publicity of child helpline number-1098, pasting of childline-1098 logo/stickers in transport vehicles and others, incorporation of childline logo in all official website with proper circular, demand of establishing two more childline sub-centres in Soreng and Yuksam, making of child friendly rooms in police stations, permission for conducting awareness generation programme in every schools, formations of volunteers group in village level, Gram Panchayat level and block level and training.

The meeting also had an open discussion where the framing of future strategies and action plans for eradicating child trafficking, child labour, child abuse and other issues from the district were discussed.

The numbers of Childline West Sikkim are: 9735224481; 8158068831 and the TOLL FREE No. is 1098.

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