Gyalshing, 22nd October, 2019 (IPR): The Grievance Redressal Camp on Matters of Child Rights organized by the National Commission on Child Protection Rights and Sikkim State Commission on Child Protection Rights in collaboration with the District Administration Gyalshing, West Sikkim was held at the Conference Hall, Zilla Bhawan, Gyalshing, West Sikkim. The Meeting was chaired by Smt. Pragna Parande, Member NCPCR along with Smt. Dikila Bhutia, Chairperson (SCPCR); Shri. Karma R. Bonpo, DC West; Smt. Jwala Thapa, Principal Magistrate (JJB); Shri. P. V. G. Satish, ASP West and Shri. Karma L. Lepcha, ADC West.
Smt. Pragna Parande in her key note address mentioned the importance of the Camp and how the NCPCR has been functioning under the guidelines of Central Government. She mentioned that the NCPCR is a statutory body of the Government of India formed under the CPCR Act, 2007. The core mandate of the Commission is to enable all children to enjoy their rights as enshrined in Constitution and provisioned under different Acts/Laws. She also spoke on the importance of the Camp and how each individual is also crucial. She mentioned that the Camp is being held in the Aspirational Districts of India to improve the Health and Education indicators. She mentioned that the Camp was an opportunity for the State to crosscheck their own functioning and perform better after the shortfalls come into light. She also mentioned that the Camp is a medium through which the resolving of disputes in the District in relation to the Child Rights can be done swiftly.
She also mentioned that rights of the children should be protected since the NCPCR was formed with that intention. She further emphasized on the importance of how child rights needs to be given in order to felicitate the proper growth of the children in a peaceful environment.
DC West thanked the NCPCR team for visiting the West District and taking keen interest into the child related issues of Sikkim. He also mentioned that the West District Administration is working closely for providing a conducive environment to the children where they can have proper education. He also mentioned that the camp was a child centric program and the District Administrative Officials have dedicated their entire day towards the children and their rights. During the hearing of cases, the DC West assured the students of various schools that the District Administration in compliance with the other departments would solve the issues in the coming times and urged the students to concentrate on their studies and other matters would be solved.
During the Camp a total of 106 complaints were filed and heard. The complaints were mainly from Schools regarding the infrastructure, drinking water problems, scholarship disbursement delays, library, Mid-Day Meal and sanitation issues which were heard by the NCPCR and SCPCR along with the DM West. Positive and swift solutions were put forward by the NCPCR in coordination with the SCPCR and directives were given by the NCPCR to the concerned authorities in regards to the issues presented by the student representatives. Compensation to POCSO victims were also raised where the CWC members were asked to put forward the cases to the competent authority. In regards to rehabilitation of children with disability were handed over to the Spastic Society, Gangtok. All Sikkim NGOs Association also put forward their grievance which was heard by the Member NCPCR and SCPCR. Children Welfare Committee (CWC) West and South also put forward their issues in relation to Adoption procedures for single parent, Child Welfare, Child Care Institutions (CCI), Children park in urban areas for the children and Menstrual Hygiene in Schools were placed before the NCPCR.
Member NCPCR along with Chairman SCPCR urged the departments to solve the complete the issues raised by the complainants within a specific time frame. Prior to the commencement of the Camp the Member NCPCR visited Kapinzal Home (Specialized Adoption Agency, Gyalshing); Child Friendly Rooms in Police Station (Gyalshing) and Himalayan Open Shelter Home, Gyalshing, West Sikkim.
During the program the official launch of ‘Child Friendly GPU’ at 23 Radhu Khandu was done by Smt. Pragna Parande, Member NCPCR along with Smt. Dikila Bhutia, Chairperson (SCPCR); Shri. Karma R. Bonpo, DC West; Smt. Jwala Thapa, Principal Magistrate (JJB); Shri. P. V. G. Satish, ASP West and Shri. Karma L. Lepcha, ADC West.
Also present were the NCPCR Team Smt. Shaista K. Shah, STE, NCPCR Co-coordinator of the team along with Ms. Bhavna Bajaj, Senior Consultant (NCPCR); Ms. Urvashi Jain, Consultant (NCPCR) and Ms. Bharti, DEO (NCPCR).