Namchi, 21st October: District Legal Services Authority (South) and Taluk Legal Services Committee (South) in coordination with the Sikkim State Legal Services Authority organized a Legal Services Camp on 20.10.2019 at the Maniram Phalidara Gram Panchayat Unit which has been declared as a “Child-Friendly GPU” by the Social Justice Empowerment and Welfare Department, South Sikkim and the District Child protection Unit, Namchi South Sikkim. under its Integrated Child protection Scheme .
The Camp was organized at the Maniram Phalidara “Child Friendly” Gram Panchayat Unit with a target to spread awareness about the NALSA (Child Friendly Legal Services to Children and their Protection) Scheme, 2015 to both the children as well as the parents of the GPU.
The program was launched by the Hon’ble Chairman, DLSA (South) Mr. Jiwan Kumar Kharka in the presence of the Ld. Ms. Jwala D. Thapa, Secretary DLSA, South, Ms. Roshnila Gurung, D.C.P.O (South), Ld. Panel Advocates, Bhim Shankar Pradhan, Ms. Sushila Thapa and Ms. Yashoda Rai, Mr. Kushal Chettri, Drishti (NGO) and Para-Legal Volunteers, Mr. Jai Ram Gupta , Mr. Chandra Bdr. Rai, Ms. Laxmi Tamang, Mr. Passang Tsh. Bhutia (Child-Line) and Panchayat President with members of Maniram Phalidara G.P.U. The Department of police were represented by A.S.I. Mr. B.K.Pradhan(I/C) Bhanjayang, Mr. Suman Gurung Head Constable, Ms. Jyoti Rai, Head Constable.
There were around 83 people who attended the Camp. The main focus being on awareness about Child-Friendly services by the Departments and NGOs participating in the Camp, the various resource persons made the children as well as the parents aware of the same. The Police Department personnel’s made the children aware that the police are their friend. They also made them aware of the emergency helpline number ‘100’ as well as the manner in which the police are to be approached in case of emergencies to themselves as well as to family members.