Mangan, November 6 (IPR): A Day-Long programme on Expansion of Child line Service in North Sikkim was conducted here at the District Collector’s Chamber, Mangan today.
The programme was presided over by the District Collector, North, Shri Tenzing T. Kaleon, Additional District Magistrate, North, Shri Surat Gurung, Chief Medical Officer, North, Shri D.C. Sharma, Addtional Superintendent of Police, North, Mahendra Subba, District Incharge, Deputy Director, Education Department, North, Sajan V. Sebastian, Childline Foundation, Kolkata, Block Divisional Officers, CDPOs, Child Welfare Commission, North, Smt. Mingma Doma Bhutia, District Child Protection Officer, North, Smt. Wendy Lepcha, Head of Departments, representatives from Non-Government Organisations and Bhavisya Bharat Foundation.
The Child line Service which comes under Ministry of Women and Child Development is a telephone service where anyone can report child abuse and exploitation in the District through phone by dialing 1098. The service works in collaboration with various Child Protection Units and NGOs in the District.
DC/N, Shri Kaleon said that the BDOs plays main role in the rural areas to spread awareness about children’s rights against abuse and exploitation to the general public in the district. The stakeholders present in the meeting should have a broad view and in-depth knowledge of seriousness of violation of children’s rights before disseminating information about the Child line Service to the public.
Shri Kaleon directed the BDOs to spread awareness about the Child line Service during Gram Sabha meetings.
District In-charge, Child line Foundation, Shri Biswas gave a brief history on Child line Service which provides 24 hour Free service for children in need or care and protection. In his power point presentation, he gave information on how the service works in the other three districts of Sikkim. He encouraged the stakeholders to spread awareness through rigorous outreach, door to door awareness programmes and skits to spread awareness of Child line service in the district to help children against exploitation and abuse.
DCPO/N, Smt Lepcha seek support from all the stakeholders to propagate awareness on Child line Service in the District. She hoped that the NGOs and various Departments of the Government will collaborate with District Child Protection Unit for dissemination of Child line Service. Furthermore, she said that the children are the future of our community who must be protected from abuse and exploitation at all cost.