Gangtok: April 12, 2012
State Commission for Protection of Child Rights had four day official visit of different parts of North Sikkim from 02.04.2012 – 05.04.2012. The Chairperson Manita Pradhan was accompanied by Members Yangchen Ladingpa, Nimchoki Bhutia and staff Pema Yangchen.
As empowered by the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005 the Sikkim Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act has functions to visit and to monitor any organization or institution, government or non-governmental involving the issues of children, like ICDS Centres, Elementary Schools and Children Homes. It also monitors the schemes and facilities provided by the State government for the educational, health and all round progress and betterment and also for the protection of rights of children and students in the State.
Taking into view, the above mentioned objective of the Commission the Chairperson Manita Pradhan and members started the North district programme by visiting Bagcha ICDS Centre on 2nd of April and Shipgyer Primary School on 3rd April. The Commission also visited three ICDS Centre at Chungthang and Tasa Tengay Government Senior Secondary School at Chungthang and also had a meeting with SDM, CDPO’s, Supervisor and Nutrition Inspector. On 4th April the commission visited ICDS Centres’s at upper Bitchu, lower Bitchu, and Singkapu and also visited Government Junior high School at Sharchok and Lachung.
The Commission interacted with the children and students as well as Aganwadi Workers and teachers and took up recommendation. The Commission also met Principal of BOP Primary School.
Hot meal of ICDS Centres and mid-day meal for the students of above schools were also inspected by the Commission.
On the concluding day of the visit i.e. on 5th April 2012 a Consultation Programme was organized by SCPCR at Zilla Panchayat Bhawan, Mangan. The Programme was meant for the North District Administration which was chaired by Zilla Adyaksha North Khamsoong Lepcha as Chief Guest and Chairperson Manita Pradhan as Guest of Honour. The Programme was attended by Sr SP(North) B.K. Tamang and other police personnels in big numbers, SDM North, officials from the line department i.e. HRD Department, Health Department, Labour Department, Social Justice Empowerment and Welfare Department, CDPO North, Nutrition Officer, Aganwadi Workers & Helpers, members from Panchayat & Nagar Panchayat Mangan, teachers & Senior class students of Mangan Senior Secondary School and local public. The programme was attended by ex-chairperson Chumki Saring and ex chairman Nim Tshering Lepcha from North District.
During the meeting respective officials from HRDD, Labour Department, CDPO of SJE&WD highlighted their departments programme for children and students. Senior SP North B.K. Tamang briefly placed the role of Police vis-a-vis children’s rights, Child Labour and trafficking on Women & Children, PI Phodong Tashi Gyatso who was trained under ‘Training of Trainers’ Programme by State Legal Authority, Sikkim talked about Juvenile Justice Care & Protection of Children Act 2005. Chief Guest Zilla Adyaksha North Shri Khamssong Lepcha spoke on the policy & programme of panchayats in respect of Children.
Chairperson Manita Pradhan highlighted the functions of SCPCR and said that the commission acts as quasi – judicial body and receives complaints regarding the violation of Child Rights and acts promptly for the redressal of the same. It was also informed by the Chairperson that as per the provisions of the Right to Education Act 2009, notified by the State Government on Right to Education to Free & Compulsory Education Rules 2010 SCPCR acts as nodal agency to monitor and to proper implementation of the said rules in the State of Sikkim. She urged all the stakeholders and the people present to make sure that all the beneficial provided by State Government meant for the Rights of the Children should be protected. The Government under the Chief Ministership of Pawan Chamling is committed for the welfare and development and protection of rights of Children & Women in Sikkim, she added.