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Activities ARCHIVES

OVERVIEW OF THE COMMISSION’S ACTIVITIES

Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has been constituted under the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005, read with the Govt. notification No SWD 79 / 93/Pt. V / 136 dated 4th March 2010.


PUBLIC HEARINGS CONDUCTED SO FAR BY THE COMMISSION:


  1. Public Hearing on RTE at Salonah, Koliabor Sub-Division, Nagaon District, 24th October, 2011.
  2. Public Hearing on RTE at Morigaon, District, 30th March 2012.
  3. Public Hearing on RTE at Hojai, Hojai Sub Division Sub-Division, Nagaon District, 21st April 2012.

INTERFACE WITH THE DISTRICT AUTHORITIES:

  1. Meeting with District Authorities, Dhubri District on 31st October, 2011.
  2. Meeting with District Authorities, Sonitpur District on 22nd November, 2011.
  3. Meeting with District Authorities, Karimganj District on 21st March 2012.
  4. Meeting with District Authorities, Cachar District on 23rd March 2012.
  5. Meeting with District Authorities, Lakhimpur District on 24th April, 2012.
  6. Meeting with District Authorities, Dhemaji District on 25th April 2012.
  7. Meeting with District Authorities, Goalpara District on 13th May 2012.
  8. Meeting with District Authorities, Kamrup Rural District on 17th May 2012.
  9. Meeting with District Authorities, Darrang District on 20th June 2012.
  10. Meeting with District Authorities, Nalbari District on 21st June 2012.
  11. Meeting with District Authorities, Golaghat District on 26th June 2012.
  12. Meeting with District Authorities, Sivsagar District on 27th June 2012.
  13. Meeting with District Authorities, Tinsukia District on 28th June 2012.
  14. Meeting with District Authorities, Dibrugarh District on 30th June 2012.

INTERFACE WITH THE STATE GOVERNMENT:

  1. Meeting with Department of Elementary Education, Govt. of Assam on implementation of RTE 21st June, 2011.
  2. Meeting with Hon’ble Minister of Social Welfare, Sjt. Akon Bora on 3rd August, 2011.
  3. Meeting with Hon’ble Minister of Education, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarmah on 27th September, 2011.

LANDMARK INTERVENTION OF THE COMMISSION:

  1. Intervention of the Commission in ethnic conflict affected areas of Goalpara District for protection of Child rights in 2011.
  2. Intervention of the Commission in the Red Light Area of Silchar in 2012.

RESEARCH STUDIES OF THE COMMISSION:

  1. Universalisation of Elementary Education among the Tea Tribes of Assam: With Special Reference to Jorhat District: By Dr. Nilima Sarma.
  2. Present Condition of Child Workers in Guwahati City: By Dr. Renu Devi, Former Dean.

SOME OF THE IMPORTANT SEMINARS & CONSULTATIONS ORGANIZED:

  1. State level Awareness Meet on Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act on 8th June 2010.
  2. District Level Awareness on Right of Children and Social Responsibility in Kamrup (Rural) on 3rd July 2011.
  3. District Level Awareness on Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009, in Dhubri.
  4. Consultation on Child Rights and the 12th Five Year Plan on 21st July 2011.
  5. Meeting with UNICEF to strengthen ongoing partnership on 29th July 2011.
  6. Celebration of Children’s Day in Guwahati on 14th November 2011.
  7. State level Round Table discussion on Child Rights on 30th November 2011.

SOME OF THE IMPORTANT SEMINARS and PROGRAMMES ATTENDED BY THE COMMISSION

  1. Seminar on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on 26th June 2010.
  2. Training Programme for Para-Legal Personnel organized by Legal Cell for Human Rights on 30th June 2010.
  3. Workshop on Assessing Justice for Children on 6th and 7th July 2010.
  4. Seminar on Juvenile Justice Monitoring System organized by Legal Assistance Forum on 21st August 2010.
  5. Workshop on Teachers Education Strategies in the Light of RTE, 2009 organized by IGNOU and UNICEF ON 23rd August 2010.
  6. Workshop on National Policy for Children on 4th October 2010.
  7. Programme on Home Link and Missing Child Search organized by Snehalaya on 8th November 2010.
  8. Children’s Day Celebration programme on 14th November 2010.
  9. Programme on international Child Rights Day on 20th November 2010.
  10. Meeting at India Council of Social Welfare on 28th November 2010.
  11. Programme on Human Rights Day on 10th December 2010.
  12. Chairperson Dr. Suchitra Kakoty along with Consultant participated in National Social Science Congress in Kolkata from 18th to 20th February 2011.
  13. Chairperson Dr. Suchita Kakoty along with Consultant participated in National Consultation on RTE Act, 2009 on 28th February, 2011 at New Delhi.
  14. Chairperson Dr. Suchitra Kakoty delivered lecture on Child Rights and Social Responsibility on 28th May 2011.
  15. Chairperson Dr. Suchitra Kakoty along with Consultant participated in National Consultation on RTE organized by Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi.
  16. Chairperson Dr. Suchitra Kakoty, Member Mrs. Kalyani Das participated in the National and Regional Consultation on “Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, 2011”, at Delhi from June 14 to June 16, 2011and Kolkata.
  17. Chairperson Dr. Suchitra Kakoty participated on Child Trafficking organized by CID, Assam.
  18. Chairperson Dr. Suchitra Kakoty along with Consultant participated in International Colloquium on Children and Governance in New Delhi.
  19. Chairperson Dr. Suchitra Kakoty along with Consultant Review Meeting on Child Trafficking at Kokrajhar.

MONITORING ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMISSION

The Commission has started its monitoring activity on RTE in 27 Districts of the State. 65% of the total number of schools has already been completed.

Total Number of complaints registered and disposed since 2010 till date

Total No. of complaints registered: 274
Number of cases disposed: 92

Sl. No. Category of complaints Number of complaints registered Number of cases disposed Number of pending cases Remarks
1 Right to Education (Corporal punishment, lack of PTR, Lack of infrastructure etc)
255
80
175
Action Taken Report Awaited
2 Child Labour
6
5
1
Report Awaited
3 Child Abuse
5
3
2
In process
4 Death Due to Negligence
2
-
2
Sub Judice
5 Violation of legal rights of differently abled children
1
1
-
-
6 Child Marriage
1
1
-
-
7 Child Rights Violation
3
1
2
In process
8 Child in conflict with Law
1
1
-
-


Activities of the Commission: Since 2010-2012

PUBLIC HEARING BY ASCPCR

Public Hearing on RTE at Salonah, Koliabor Sub-Division, Nagaon District, 24th October, 2011.

Public Hearing at Salonah, Nagaon

Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) organised its first ever “Public Hearing on Right to Education”, on September 24, 2011 at 11a.m. at Salonah under Kaliabor Sub-Division in Nagaon district of Assam, which was facilitated by the Legal Cell for Human Rights (LCHR), a Guwahati based voluntary organization. The hearing was attended by Dr. Suchitra Kakoty, Chairperson and Mr. Pranjal Saikia, Member of ASCPCR. Concerned officials from Block, District and State Level also attended the hearing.

More than 500 people attended the Public Hearing. 32 written complaints were received by the ASCPCR on various issues in connection with the implementation of Right to Education. In a five-hour long “Public Hearing”, 12 complaints were taken up in the presence of both the parties and directions were given to the concerned district authority to take necessary steps immediately in this regard and submit report to the Commission within a month from the date of hearing.

PUBLIC HEARING ON RIGHT TO EDUCATION AT MORIGAON

More than 1000 people participated in a “Public Hearing” on Right to Education at the Gandhi Bhawan in Morigaon district of Assam. The “Public Hearing” was organized by Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) and facilitated by Legal Cell for Human Rights (LCHR); a Guwahati based voluntary organization, on Friday, 30th March, 2012 at 11a.m.

151 written complaints were received by the ASCPCR on various issues in connection with the non implementation of Right to Education Act. In a five-hour long “Public Hearing”, 53 complaints were taken up in the presence of both the parties and orders were given to the concerned district and block level authorities to take necessary steps immediately and report to the Commission within a month from the date of the public hearing.

Facilitating the “Public Hearing” Adv. Amal Dutta, Programme Manager, LCHR, extended warm welcome to the dignitaries and felicitated them. Speaking on the occasion Dr. (Capt.) Suchitra Kakoty, Chairperson, ASCPCR, highlighted various provisions of the ‘Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009’ (RTE-2009). Focusing on the children’s right to participation as enshrined in the ‘Convention on Child Rights’ she described powers and duties of the Commission in monitoring the implementation of RTE-2009. She said, “Public support and cooperation is very essential in implementing the Act in order to defend the right of the children to free and compulsory education”.

Noted actor Mr. Pranjal Saikia, Member, ASCPCR, emphasized the duty of the parents and guardians in teaching the children what is right and wrong at home which itself is the first school. He urged the people, “innovate various ways and means to infuse discipline among the children without corporal punishment”.

Mrs. Kalyani Das and Mrs. Runumi Gogoi Members of the Commission also spoke on various aspects of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act.

Appreciating the role played by the Govt. of Assam in establishing the ASCPCR, Adv. Ravi Sagar, Director, LCHR, praised the Commission for holding the “Public Hearing” at Morigaon. He added, “It is a new way of dispensing justice wherein the court goes to the people and not the people going to the court”.

PUBLIC HEARING ON RTE at HOJAI SUB DIVISION, NAGAON

On April 21, 2012, Saturday at 11 a.m. the “Public Hearing” on Right to Education was held at Deshbandhu Bidyapith H.S. School, Hojai in Nagaon district of Assam. The “Public Hearing” was organized by Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) and it was facilitated by Legal Cell for Human Rights (LCHR).

Dr. (Capt.) Suchitra Kakoty, Chairperson, ASCPCR and three members of the Commission namely Mrs. Runumi Gogoi, Mrs. Kalyani Das and member cum noted Assamese actor Mr. Pranjal Saikia, Adv. Ravi Sagar, Director, LCHR, Mr. Biswajit Pegu (SDO) (Civil) Hojai, Mr. P.K. Das (PRO), Mr. K. K. Baruah (DMC cum DEEO), Mr. Bidyut Bikash Bhagawati (Circle Officer), other representative from Axom Sarba Siksha Mission (S.S.A.) and other Govt. Officials, prominent citizens of Nagaon, members of Press, members of school managing committee (SMC), members of Mothers’ group, teachers of school and members of LCHR.

Facilitating the “Public Hearing” Adv. Amal Dutta, Programme Manager, LCHR, extended warm welcome to the dignitaries and to all the participants. Dignitaries were felicitated with the traditional Assamese “phulam gamocha” by the volunteers of LCHR.

After the felicitation Dr. (Capt.) Suchitra Kakoty, Chairperson, ASCPCR, highlighted the fundamental provisions of the ‘Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009’ (RTE-2009). She explained that while examining the safeguards for the effective implementation, ASCPCR enquires into the complaints and takes necessary steps relating to the violation of the provisions of RTE-2009.

Mrs. Runumi Gogoi, Member of ASCPCR said, active cooperation from the public is essential to nip in the bud all violations of the right to education from the society. Further, she urged the public to extend their collective effort in order to eliminate the prevailing problems of the right to education.

About 900 people from different villages and Panchayats of Hojai Sub-Division gathered in the hearing. A total of 30 written complaints have been received by the ASCPCR on various issues in connection with the implementation of Right to Education. In a four-hour long “Public Hearing”, 10 complaints have taken up in the presence of both the parties i.e. complainant and respondent and directed the respondent district authority to take necessary steps immediately in this regard and report to the Commission within a month from the day of public hearing. The complaints were lodged by parents & guardians, SMC’s President, teacher and other local people. School having less number of teachers (not following PTR), school without boundary wall, poor quality of mid-day meal, lack of communication between SMC’s President, Teachers & members, schools taking admission fees, incompletion of school building within stipulated time period etc. were the main issues raised in the hearing.

Adv. Amal Dutta, Programme Manager, Facilitated the four hour long public hearing. The public hearing was concluded at 3 p.m. with a vote of thanks proposed by Adv. Barasha Talukdar, Programme Manager, LCHR.

Intervention of the Commission in ethnic conflict affected areas of Goalpara District for protection of Child rights.

A team consisting of child protection consultants Urmimala Sengupta and Chandan Barman, of the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) visited the victims of Garos and Rabhas ethnic conflict living in the relief camps of Goalpara District of Assam. The team took an appraisal of the living condition of the children there. The team from ASCPCR visited 24 relief camps in the district. During the visit it was found that a considerable number of children (253 in total) sheltered in the relief camps of Goalpara districts were candidates of the forthcoming examination under the Secondary Education Board of Assam and Meghalaya Board of Secondary Education) and Council (Assam Higher Secondary Education Council). In most cases these children have either lost their books or due to lack of proper study environment they were not in a position to prepare for the forthcoming examinations. ASCPCR had called for a prompt effective action from the district administration on the matter and accordingly the students appeared in their exams.

The Chairperson of ASCPCR Dr. (Capt.) Suchitra Kakoty, and member Smt. Kalyani Das, Smt. Jhunu Neog, Deputy Director, Social Welfare Department, Smt. Deepali Devi, Under Secretary, Government of Assam, Department of Social Welfare along with a team from National Commission for Protection Child Rights, New Delhi consisting of the Registrar Shri. B.K. Sahu, Shri. Ramanath Nayak, Senior Consultant and Shri. Vedpal Khetri, PPS, visited Nibari relief camp in Goalpara district and took appraisal of the condition of children living there. Later the visiting team had a meeting with the district officials in Dudhnoi. In the meeting, the officials were directed to take immediate measures to ensure that the candidates living in the relief camps of Goalpara District can appear in their forthcoming Board and Council examinations. Further, the district officials were also directed to make a comprehensive list (age wise categorization of children) of children living in the relief camps so as to provide special care and protection according to their age.

Intervention of the Commission in the Red Light Area of Silchar in 2012.

The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) made a four day visit from March 20, 2012 to March 24, 2012 to Cachar & Karimganj districts, to take a stock of conditions of children including RTE activities in the districts. The team comprised of Dr. Suchitra Kakoty, Chairperson, Mr. Rajeswar Sharma- Member, Urmimala Sengupta and Chandan Barman Consultants of the Commission.

The team visited the Red Light Area of Silchar and interacted with the inmates of the area. After interacting with the inmates of the area the Chairperson of ASCPCR proposed to set up a Jyoti Kendra and an alternative skill development centre for inmates in the area with the support of Axom Sarba Shikha Abhijan and district administration for the children and inmates of the area. The inmates present welcomed the proposal and assured the Commission to forward possible help and assistance in setting up of the Jyoti Kendra for and skill development centre in the area.

During its visit the Commission also monitored number of schools in Cachar & Karimganj Districts. The visiting team interacted with the parents, guardians, community leaders of the school area. The Commission held a meeting in Karimganj District with the concerned district Education official, Social Welfare Officials, Labour Officials, JJB Officials, CWC Officials and conscious citizens of the District in the presence of the Deputy Commissioner, Additional Deputy Commissioner & Superintendent of Police. The Chairperson spoke extensively on various rights of children with special reference to right to education. She also briefed the participants about the powers and functions of the Commission. During the meeting the Chairperson appraised the observations of the Commission. She stressed the need to construct separate toilet for girls and boys in the schools and stressed on fulfilling the duty of various officials in imparting quality education to the children of the district.

The Chairperson also held another meeting on March 23, 2012 in the conference Hall of Deputy Commissioner, Cachar. The meeting was attended by DC, ADC, Assistant Labour Commissioner, District Social Welfare Officer, Chairperson of Child Welfare Committee and Members Juvenile Justice Board besides officials of district education officials. A detailed discussion on various problems like absence of children home in the district, child labour, poor hygiene in the schools etc took place. The meeting ended with the various suggestions and recommendations given by the Chairperson of ASCPCR. Further the Deputy Commissioner assured that the district administration will follow the suggestions and recommendations of the Commission for protecting the rights of the children in the district and directed the concerned district officials to submit their respective plan of action within ten days to the Deputy Commissioner’s Office.

Research Studies of the Commission:
(A) Universalisation of Elementary Education among the Tea Tribes of Assam: With Special Reference to Jorhat District:


The broad objective of the research study was to evaluate the status of elementary education in the tea gardens of Jorhat District. On behalf of the Commission Dr. Nirmala Sharma, Rtd. Principal, State Institute of Education, Assam, conducted the study. Using the random sampling method, data for the study was collected from two educational blocks consisting of 55 tea gardens.

Some of the major findings of the study are:

  1. In the tea garden areas, the percentage of enrolment of children in the age group of 6 to 14 was found to be 91.4 percent. The percentage of girl child enrolment outnumbered the boy child.
  2. Although the enrolment rate was found to be encouraging , the overall performance of the students was not satisfactory.
  3. The school infrastructures in the tea garden schools were found not to be satisfactory.
  4. 65 percent of the schools in the tea garden do not have playground.
  5. Though 96 percent schools have hand pumps, majority of them are non functional.

Some of the important suggestions:

  1. Child participation among the age group of 10 to 14 needs some special effort.
  2. The quality of education should be improved by appointing trained teachers.
  3. Proper arrangement for adequate and safe drinking water should be made.

(B) Present Condition of Child Workers in Guwahati City

The broad objective of the research study was to find out the condition of child labours in Guwahati City. On behalf of the Commission Dr. Renu Devi, Former Dean Faculty of Arts, Gauhati University, Assam conducted the study. The researcher selected 100 samples from Lakhra, Fancy Bazar, Krishna Nagar (Zoo Road), Silpukhuri, Ganeshguri, Panbazar, Uzan Bazar, Railway Station areas of Guwahati City, which are busy commercial areas.

Some of the major findings of the study are:

  1. The study showed that 90 percent of the child labours migrated from rural areas of Assam, Bihar, Orissa and , West Bengal.
  2. It was found that many of the child labours migrated to Guwahati City due to communal conflicts and armed struggle in their villages.
  3. Most of child labours are subjected to social insecurity and mental stress in the city.
  4. They are subjected to economic exploitation, ill treatment and job insecurity.
  5. Place of work is unhealthy and unhygienic.

Some of the important suggestions based on the findings of the study:

  1. Keeping in mind the role of non-formal education and vocational training in elimination of child labour, more such centres should be established.
  2. As elimination of child labour needs multi pronged approach, coordination, collaboration and cooperation among stake holders are indispensable.

Proper monitoring of various policies and programmes of the government relating to elimination of Child labours is of utmost importance and necessary.

Recommendations to Government of Assam

  1. Provide and define child participation in the policies, guidelines, laws meant for children. Ensure Child participation while making laws, policies that are meant for them.
  2. Set up children’s courts in the State.
  3. To establish monitoring mechanisms for MDMS and other programmes
  4. To strengthen SMCs and build their capacities for preparing School Development Plans.
  5. To provide training and capacity building to all functionaries at the local, district and state levels on Child Rights Issues.
  6. The Commission recommends that the concerned department should issue notification/ direction regarding ban on collection of fees up to elementary level in all government schools. And ensure that such notification reaches all the schools especially the composite schools in the state.
  7. Inspection of schools should be regularised throughout the state.
  8. Safe drinking water should be provided in all schools.
  9. Importance should be given to co-curricular activities and ensue right of the children to participation.
  10. The Commission also recommends the concerned officer to ensure that no child be subjected to corporal punishment.
  11. Provision for separate functional toilets with necessary arrangements for boys and girls be made immediately in all the schools.
  12. Involvement of Government Department including PRI structure, ICDS workers etc in the anti-trafficking campaigns. The existing SHG network, women’s groups, local CBOs need to be orientated about trafficking. More and more attention to be given to the Tea garden and Hill areas.
  13. Formation of village level Committee to monitor the movement of child going out for domestic work or marriage. Up to date maintenance of proper register by the village level committee recording such movement of child should be mandatory.
  14. Training/orientation of teachers/panchayats, police personnel, anganwari workers, mahila mandals and NGOs on issues relating to protection of children.
  15. There is a need to develop an institutionalized system of coordination between law enforcement agencies and nongovernmental organization
  16. Launching of special schemes for the victims of child trafficking by the State Government.There is need to have a greater coordination among government departments like police, social welfare and health.
    Proper implementation of National Child Labour Project in all the districts of Assam. More and more involvement of Nongovernmental organization in the governmental activities relating to implementation of national child labour project. Formation of Child Labour Task Force in all the districts of Assam and its active involvement in combating the child labour.
  17. Implementation of RTE Act in true spirit. Proper coordination of various departments at state and district level for right to free and compulsory education.
  18. Setting up of more children homes under the Juvenile Justice Act with adequate and requisite facilities and basic amenities.
  19. Need to provide special care and protection of rights of Internally Displaced Children and Children affected by ethnic conflicts or civil strife.

State level Awareness Meet on Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act

Creating child rights awareness in the society has been one of the key concerns of the Commission. As such the Commission has taken several steps for promotion of child rights literacy in the state. On 8th June 2010 a State level awareness meet on Child Rights and Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 was jointly organized by Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Rajiv Gandhi Study Circle, Assam and UNICEF at Srimanta Sankardev Kalaksetra in Guwahati. Hon’ble Chief Minister, Sri Tarun Gogoi inaugurated the meet. About 500 participants from 27 districts of Assam, belonging to Panchayat, Mahkuma Parisad, officials of the Directorate of Social Welfare officer, Directorate of Elementary Education, Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), functionaries from Rajiv Gandhi Study Circle, Assam Chapter participated in the Awareness Meet. Sri Akon Borah Hon’ble Minister of Social Welfare Govt. of Assam was the guest of honour.

Other dignitaries like Dr. Shanta Sinha, Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, New Delhi, Dr.Kiran Bhatty, Commissioner RTE from New Delhi, Dr.Utpala Konwar, Rtd. Officer, NCERT Meghalaya, Dr.Jeuti Baruah, Rtd. Director, Law Research Institute Gauhati High Court, Dr Gopika Nanda Saikia, Dist Coordinator Rajiv Gandhi Study Circle, Dr. Jayanta Sarma from SCERT, Dr. Kusumlata Goswami, Consultant ASCPR also participated in the meet and delivered speech and discussed on a gamut of issues concerning child rights

District Level Awareness on Right of Children and Social Responsibility in Kamrup (Rural)

Awareness Meet at Dagaon, Kamrup on Child Rights and Social Responsibility

Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights organised an awareness camp on Child Rights and Social Responsibility in Dagaon at Charipukhuri M.E School under Kamrup Rural District on 3rd July, 2011. Besides the Chairperson Dr. Suchitra Kakoty, Member Mrs. Kalyani Das, Member Secretary Mrs. Neera Gogoi Sonowal, noted writer, script writer, director and lyricist Ms. Eli Ahmed graced the occasion and spoke extensively on various rights of Children and the responsibility of society in protecting these rights. More than 500 participants attended the camp.






District Level Awareness on Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009, in Dhubri.

Awareness Meet on Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009, at Agomoni in Dhubri, 2011

A four member team of Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights comprising of Dr. Suchitra Kakoty, Chairperson, Mrs. Kalyani Das, Mr. Pranjal Saikia, Members and Mr. Chandan Barman, Consultant of the Commission, visited Dhubri district. Besides monitoring schools in Batarhat under Agomoni educational block, the visiting team interacted with the parents, guardians and community leaders of the area and also attended an awareness camp on Right to Education organised by Sishu Adhikar Surakha Samity, a local NGO. The awareness camp was attended by more than 600 villagers.

The Chairperson spoke extensively on various rights of children with special reference to right to education. She also briefed the participants about the powers and functions of the Commission. Members of the Commission Mrs. Kalyani Das and Mr. Pranjal Saikia also spoke on various issues of child rights. The Commission received 17 written complaints from the villagers on the spot.



MONITORING AND EVALUATION PROGRAMMES


As a part of its mandate, the Chairperson, Members and officials of Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights visited Nagaon, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Dhubri, Tinsukia, Karbi Anglong, Kokrajhar, Jorhat, Kamrup and Morigaon Districts for monitoring of RTE activities in the schools. During its visit the Commission monitored various norms and standards as set forth by the Right of (Free and Compulsory) Education Act, 2009.

Deplorable condition of classroom

During its visit, the Commission observed that certain norms are being violated in the schools. None of the teachers of the composite schools has undergone any orientation/training on RTE. The Commission observed that although the teachers of LP and ME schools have undergone orientation on RTE, they are yet to internalise the true essence of the RTE Act. As a fallout of this, practices of physical punishment or mental harassment were found in several schools. The Commission came across cases of violation of Section 3 (2) of RTE Act which says that no child shall be liable to pay any kind of fee or charges or expenses which may prevent him or her from pursuing and completing the elementary education. It was also found that free text books for students did not reach in many schools of the State on time.

After its visits the Commission apprised its observations and recommendations to the concerned authorities of the State including Mission Director, Axom Sarba Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), Commissioner & Secretary, Department of Education (E&S), Director of Secondary Education, Director-Elementary Education, District Mission Coordinators of SSA, District Elementary Education Officer (DEEO) etc. The Commission directed the concerned authorities to take necessary steps for fulfilling the norms and standards as per the RTE Act, 2009 and to furnish a report at the earliest.

INTERFACE WITH GOVERNMENT
Meeting with Department of Elementary Education, Govt. of Assam on implementation of RTE.

The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights organized a meeting in its office on 21st June, 2011 to discuss the matters relating to implementation of RTE in the State. The meeting was attended by Commissioner & Secretary (Elementary Education) Government of Assam, Director of Elementary Education & SCERT, Executive Director of SSA, State Programme Officer, Members and Officials of the Commission . Vital issues concerning implementation of RTE Act, 2009 were discussed. The Chairperson placed the major observations of ASCPCR regarding prevalence of corporal punishment, collection of fees, poor state of sanitation and lack of safe drinking water facility, pupil-teacher ratio, and late receipt of text books by the schools across the state.

Furthermore, the issue of Mid Day Meals in the schools of the State was also discussed. The Commissioner & Secretary (Elementary Education), Govt. of Assam pointed out the underlining issues which were causing delay in implementation of the RTE Act, 2009. He also pointed out that, apart from the authorities, the teachers, School Management Committees and the community in general should also share responsibility to implement the provisions of RTE Act, 2009. Regarding collection of fees by some of the government schools, the Director of Elementary Education, Assam stated that in every meeting with the district elementary education officer and inspector of schools, they were informed that no fees are to be collected from the students. The Executive Director, SSA assured that utmost care will be taken so that the unprecedented delay in distributing books in the schools of the state would not happen from the next academic session. The Commissioner & Secretary, Education (Elementary), Director-Elementary Education, Executive Director- SSA assured the Chairperson, ASCPCR that they will work together to solve the problems. They also sought the help and coordination of the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights to make RTE Act, 2009 a success in the state.

Meeting with Hon’ble Minister of Social Welfare, Sjt. Akon Bora.

On 3rd August, 2011 Hon’ble Minister of the Department of Social Welfare & Jail, Sjt. Akon Bora initiated the review meeting of Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Chairperson, Dr. Suchitra Kakoty, Members of the Commission Mr. Rajeshwar Sharma, Mrs. Kalyani Das , Mrs. Runumi Gogoi and Mr. Pranjal Saikia and Member Secretary Mrs. Neera Gogoi Sonowal were present in the meeting. Secretary, Mr. Haren Bora and Deputy Director, Department of Social Welfare were also present in the meeting. Sjt. Akon Bora took stock of the activities of the Commission and assured all help and cooperation for the smooth functioning of the Commission.

Meeting with Hon’ble Minister of Education, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarmah

On 27th September, 2011, Dr. Suchitra Kakoty, Chairperson of Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights along with Mrs. Kalyani Das and Mr. Pranjal Saikia Members of the Commission met Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarmah , Hon’ble Minister of Health, Education and Assam Accord. The Chairperson apprised the Hon’ble Minister about the RTE monitoring activity undertaken by the Commission. The visiting delegates submitted a report of the first Public Hearing on RTE held at Salonah under Koliabor Sub-Division of Nagaon District.

The Chairperson also discussed about setting up of a Child Help Line in the Commission. The Hon’ble Minister appreciated the activities of the Commission and assured the Commission that the Education Department will give its full support and cooperation to implement the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education in the State. Further he also assured that the Education Department will help the Commission in setting up of the Child Help Line in the Commission.

Meeting with District Authorities, Dhubri District.

On 31st October, 2011 the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights held a meeting with the concerned District Education Officials in the presence of the Deputy Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner of Dhubri. During the meeting, the Chairperson apprised the observations of the Commission and stressed on fulfilling the duty of various officials in imparting quality education to the children in the district.

The Chairperson convened another meeting in the circuit house on 31st October, 2011 at 5.30 P.M. The meeting was attended by DC, ADC, Assistant Labour Commissioner, District Social Welfare Officer Dhubri, Chairperson and Members of Child Welfare Committee and Members of Juvenile Justice Board besides officials of district education department. A detailed discussion on various problems like absence of children home in the district, single teacher schools, child labour, child marriage etc. took place. The meeting ended with various suggestions and recommendations given by the Chairperson of ASCPCR. Further the Deputy Commissioner of Dhubri directed the Assistant Labour Commissioner to form Child Labour Task Force immediately and assured the Commission that the district administration will follow the suggestions and recommendations of the Commission for protecting the rights of the children in the district.

Meeting with District Authorities, Sonitpur District.

On 22nd November, 2011 Assam State Commission for Protection of Child rights (ASCPCR) held a meeting at the Deputy Commissioner’s Conference Hall with Addl. Deputy Commissioners, District Elementary Education Officer, Block Elementary Education Officers, Executive Engineer-P.H.E, Asst. Labour Commissioner, Addl. S.P, Members of Child Welfare Committee and representatives of various NGOs were present in the meeting.

During the meeting, Commission’s Principal Investigator of RTE Monitoring of the District presented the report. The report depicted the scenario of the RTE activities of the district and illustrated various observations and recommendations.

Emphasizing on the findings of the Principal Investigator, the Chairperson also spoke on the poor implementation of the RTE Act in the District. The officials of Education Department also mentioned about various problems in implementing the RTE Act. The representatives of NGO pointed out various issues of child rights violation, apart from Right to Education.

Child Labour is also is a major problem in the District. Though the Child Labour Task Force has been constituted on August, 2010, it is not functional. The Chairperson of ASCPCR recommended the District Authorities to activate the Child Labour Task Force. The Addl. Deputy Commissioner assured the Chairperson that he will take all necessary steps to activate the Child Labour Task Force and instructed the Asst. Labour Commissioner to submit a report in this regard.

Some of the important meetings organised by the Commission
Consultation on Child Rights and the 12th Five Year Plan.


On 21st July, 2011 a consultation on child rights and 12th five year plan was organised by Alok Prayas in collaboration with Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights in Guwahati. The consultation was chaired by Mr. Amod Kanth, Chairperson ,Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights , Smti Rashmi Singh, Executive Director of National Mission for Women Empowerment, Mr. Rajiv Louchan Duwara, Director, Social Welfare Department, Govt. of Assam, Mrs. Kalyani Das and Mr. Rajeswar Sharma, Members of Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and representatives from various organisations working on issues relating to children were present in the consultation.

The following suggestions came up during the consultation:

  1. Involvement of Government Department including PRI structure, ICDS workers etc in the anti-trafficking campaigns. The existing SHG network, women’s groups, local CBOs need to be orientated about trafficking. More and more attention has to be given to the Tea garden and Hill areas.
  2. Formation of village level Committee to monitor the movement of child going out for domestic work or marriage. Proper maintenance of register by the village level committee for such purpose.
  3. Training/orientation of teachers/panchayats, police personnel, anganwadi workers, mahila mandals and NGOs on issues relating to protection of children.
  4. There is a need to develop an institutionalized system of coordination between law enforcement agencies and nongovernmental organizations.
  5. Launching of special schemes for the victims of child trafficking by the Central/State Government.
  6. There is need to have a greater coordination among the government departments like police, social welfare and health.
  7. Proper implementation of National Child Labour Project in all the districts of Assam. More and more involvement of Nongovernmental organizations in the governmental activities relating to implementation of national child labour project. Formation of task force and its active involvement in combating the child labour. Proper monitoring of the activities of national child labour project by an independent body of Central Government.
  8. Implementation of RTE Act in its true spirit. Proper coordination of various departments at state and district level for right to free and compulsory education.
  9. Setting up of more children homes under the Juvenile Justice Act with adequate requisite facilities and basic amenities.
  10. The North Eastern Region has fallen victim of nagging internal conflict, this has left a negative impact on the society at large, and especially, on the children. As a result of ethnic violence, a large number of people of the region are displaced from their homes and have been living in relief camps for more than a decade now. But unfortunately, there is no policy or scheme to specifically address their unique problems. For instance in case of Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts Council which witnessed ethnic conflict in 1989, 1996 and 1998 leading to displacement of thousands of people is yet to provide rehabilitation to the conflict induced Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). As a result the IDPs who were between the age of 8-14 when the conflict took place, had to give up their studies as they were compelled to live within the confinements of the relief camps.

    Over the years a considerable number of IDPs have grown up without education or any vocational training. Therefore, there needs to be a special consideration for children affected by conflict, who have been neglected for years now, by launching more need based welfare schemes.

Meeting with UNICEF to strengthen ongoing partnership

On 29th July, 2011 a meeting on strengthening of the on-going UNICEF- ASCPCR partnership was held at ASCPCR office.UNICEF Team consisting of Ms. Jeroo Master, Chief-UNICEF Field Office, Ms. Pramila Manoharan, Education Specialist and Mr. Vedprakash Gautam, Child Protection Officer attended the meeting. Dr. Suchitra Kakoty and Ms. Jeroo Master discussed the need for greater sharing of information and collaboration between UNICEF and the Commission and expressed that such sharing would be helpful in greater coordination between the Commission and UNICEF for achieving the coveted objectives for the protection of rights of children in the state. Other highlights of the meeting were constitution of a Right To Education Cell, need to sensitise public on child rights and child protection issues.

Celebration of Children’s Day in Guwahati:

On the occasion of Children’s Day, a day long colourful programme was organized by Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights in Guwahati Refinery High School, Noonmati. Students of the School participated in various competitions like recitation, Bhupendra Sangeet, singing, go as you like etc. Soon after the programme, a meeting was held in the School auditorium. Hon’ble Minister, Department of Social Welfare and Jail, Sjt. Akon Bora graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Suchitra Kakoty, Chairperson of Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Members of the Commission Shri Rajeswar Sharma, Smt. Kalyani Das, Smt. Runumi Gogoi and Shri Pranjal Saikia were also present besides government officials, teachers and parents. After the felicitation ceremony, Hon’ble Chief guests and other guests and officials paid their homage to Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Music Maestro Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. The Head Master Shri Prabin Chandra Barman welcomed all the dignitaries and thanked the Commission for celebrating the Children’s Day in the School, in a befitting manner.

During his interactive session with the children, Hon’ble Minister spoke on the significance of the day and discussed about the rights of the children. He also lamented the fact that there are many children who are deprived of their basic rights. He further informed the participants that Assam Government has constituted the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights to ensure the protection of children’s right in the State. Hon’ble Minister also lauded the functioning of the Commission.

In her speech, Dr. Suchitra Kakoty spoke extensively on various rights of children and the role of the commission in protecting their rights. She also said that since its inception, the Commission has been working for the protection of the rights of children in the state and has registered and settled number of complaints on child rights violation.
Shri Pranjal Saikia and Shri Rajeswar Sharma also spoke on the occasion. The programme ended with vote of thanks offered by Smt. Runumi Gogoi.

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State level Round Table discussion on Child Rights on November 30, 2011.

Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights organized a State Round Table Discussion on Child Rights on 30th November, 2011. The State Round Table Discussion was supported by UNICEF and was facilitated by the Centre for Child and the Law, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

The State Round Table Discussion was attended by civil society members from various parts of the state. The valedictory session was attended by Mr. G.K Kalita, Labour Commissioner, Govt. of Assam, Dr. Bandana Bhuyan, Regional Director NIPCCD, Mr. Rajib Lochan Duarah, Director Social Welfare, Govt. of Assam, Dr. Uchcharan Deka Director - Elementary Education, Govt. of Assam, SSA officials, UNICEF officials. Mr. HK Sharma Commissioner & Secretary, Govt. of Assam, Social Welfare Departmentgraced the discussion as the Chief Guest.

Dr. (Capt) Suchitra Kakoty, Chairperson, of ASCPCR in her address shared the progress and key achievements of the Commission. Dr. Kakoty also highlighted the works of the Commission since its inception and the challenges ahead.

After a daylong round table discussion the ASCPCR presented the following recommendations for the Assam Government .

Recommendations for the Government of Assam:

  1. To clarify the role of NCLP within the context of RTE.
  2. To disburse the funding allocated for various programmes meant for children and resources to statutory institutions including the SCPCR, CWCs and JJBs and others.
  3. To develop protocols between institutions working in the area of child protection.
  4. To decentralize CWCs at sub-district levels.
  5. To establish grievance redressal mechanism for child right’s victim.
  6. To have a policy on Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) and include it in RTE.
  7. To initiate and strengthen and integrated Child Tracking system.
  8. To include tea garden schools in RTE.
  9. To implement RTE provisions- multi language learning, Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) , infrastructure, fulfillment of duties by the teachers.
  10. To set up health centres and mental health facilities at school level for awareness, check-ups, remedial services.
  11. To address issues arising out of lack of uniform age (14 years in Child Labour Act and 18 years in JJ Act)
  12. To produce Information, Education and Communication material for spreading awareness at local level on programmes, scheme and problems relating to Child Rights.
  13. To use the Self Help Groups (SHGs) for implementation of programmes like MDMS and also adolescent education.

The discussion ended with vote of thanks delivered by Mrs. Kalyani Das, Member, ASCPCR.

SEMINARS and PROGRAMMES ATTENDED BY THE COMMISSION
Seminar on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

On 26th June, 2010, Dr. (Capt.) Suchitra Kakoty attended a meeting at Kalakshetra, Guwahati and spoke about the importance of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. She also spoke on the menace of drug abuse and illicit trafficking and stressed on the need to safeguard children from the adverse affect of these.

Training Programme for Para-Legal Personnel organized by Legal Cell for Human Rights on 30th June 2010

On 30th June, 2010, the Chairperson, Dr.(Capt.) Suchitra Kakoty attended a training programme organized by the Legal Cell for Human Rights in Silpagram, Guwahati. Dr.(Capt.) Suchitra Kakoty delivered the valedictory address and asked the participants to be sincere and honest in performing their duties while they are planning to do welfare and development activity at the grassroots level in the field of education, legal rights, etc. Dr. Kusumlata Goswami, the consultant, attended the function and spoke on evil practices of the society like dowry, illiteracy, etc and ways to eradicate these problems.

Workshop on Assessing Justice for Children

On 6th & 7th July 2010, the Chairperson and Members attended a two day workshop held in Guwahati on Assessing Justice for Children organised by the Centre for Child and the Law, National Law School of India University, Banglore in partnership with UNICEF. The Chairperson inaugurated the inaugural session of the workshop.

Seminar on Juvenile Justice Monitoring System

Dr. (Capt.) Suchitra Kakoty, participated in a seminar organised by Legal Assistance Forum on Juvenile Justice Monitoring System on August 21, 2010 at Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok, Guwahati.

Workshop on Teachers Education Strategies in the Light of RTE, 2009 organized by IGNOU and UNICEF

On August 23rd, the Chairperson Dr. (Capt.) Suchitra Kakoty and Dr. Kusumlata Goswami Consultant, attended a workshop on Teachers Education Strategies in the Light of RTE, 2009 organised by IGNOU Institute for Professional Competency Advancement of Teachers (IIPCAT) and UNICEF at IIBM, Khanapara, Guwahati.

On 26th June, 2010, Dr. (Capt.) Suchitra Kakoty attended a meeting at Kalakshetra, Guwahati and spoke about the importance of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. She also spoke on the menace of drug abuse and illicit trafficking and stressed on the need to safeguard children from the adverse affect of these.

Workshop on National Policy for Children

On October 4, 2010 the Chairperson, Dr. (Capt.) Suchitra Kakoty participated in the workshop on National Policy for Children held at National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD).

Programme on Home Link and Missing Child Search

On 8th November 2010, Dr. (Capt.) Suchitra Kakoty, Chairperson, ASCPCR inaugurated the capacity building programme on Home Link and Missing Child Search at Snehalaya Centre for Child Rights, Paltanbazar, Guwahati.

Children’s Day Celebration programme

Dr. Manjushree Pathak, Member of the Commission attended a programme held on the occasion of the Children’s Day, organised by Srimanta Sankar Dev Puthibharal , Kardoiguri in the district of Barpeta on 14th November 2010.

Programme on international Child Rights Day


Gracing a programme organized by Snehalaya on the occasion of International Child Right’s Day on 20th November, 2010 Dr. (Capt) Suchitra Kakoty spoke on the Rights of the Child.

Meeting at India Council of Social Welfare

Dr. (Capt.) Suchitra Kakoty - Chairperson of the ASCPCR attended a meeting organised by State Branch of Assam of India Council of Social Welfare at Palasbari on 28th November, 2010. She spoke on the Role of Education in Preventing Alcoholism.

Programme on Human Rights Day

A programme was organised on the occasion of Human Right Day by North Guwahati Girls’ School & Teachers’ Association at North Guwahati Girls’ High School.

Dr. Suchitra Kakoty attended the programme as Chief Guest and spoke on the importance of human rights and highlighted need to protect the rights of children.

Attended National Social Science Congress in Kolkata.

A National Social Science Congress on strengthening the Democratic Institutions in India was organised by Peoples Forum for Peace & Democracy in Kolkata from 18th to 20th February, 2011.

Dr. (Capt) Suchitra Kakoty, Chairperson, Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) along with consultant Urmimala Sengupta attended the National Social Science Congress.

Dr. Kakoty spoke extensively on the role of ASCPCR in protecting the rights of the children. She also stressed on the need of instilling democratic values in the evolving minds of children. In this regard she highlighted the role of parents, teachers and the members of civil society organisations, She appreciated the Bal and Shishu Panchayats, functioning in various parts of the country, including Assam. Dr. Kakoty further underlined the importance of peace education, which she stressed should be made an integral part of the existing curriculum.
The National Social Science Congress was attended by eminent parliamentarian Shri Somnath Chatterjee, former Chief Justice of India, Justice, Ahmedi, Justice Ashok Agarwal, Justice Somoresh Banerjee, besides eminent political personalities, academicians, journalists, representatives from business and corporate houses, students and youth leaders.

Attended National Consultation on RTE Act, 2009 in New Delhi.

A National level workshop on sharing of experience and strategy for monitoring the implementation of RTE Act, 2009 was organized by Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights on 28th February, 2011 at New Delhi.

Prof. Santha Sinha, Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and Prof. Kiran Walia, addressed the workshop.

Dr. (Capt.) Suchitra Kakoty, Chairperson of Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) along with the member of ASCPCR, Md. Mustafa Shahidul Islam and Consultant of ASCPCR Mr. Chandan Barman participated in the workshop. Chairperson and members from other state Commissions were also present in the workshop. Dr. Kakoty briefed about the activities and action plan of ASCPCR besides taking active part in mapping out a strategy on monitoring the implementation of RTE Act, 2009.

Lecture on Child Rights and Social Responsibility

On 28th May, 2011 Chairperson of ASCPCR, Dr. Suchitra Kakoty delivered the Paresh Baishya Foundation Lecture on ‘Child Rights and Social Responsibility’ organised at Guwahati Press club.

National Consultation on RTE organized by Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi.

At the consultation the participants were divided into groups and were assigned to work on a matrix prepared by the organisers. This was done with the aim of reaching some consensus, as to whom; the victim would first address his/her complaint regarding various issues covered under RTE.

However, due to time constraint each group decided to present their views regarding Section 32 rather than working on the matrix. Each group made its presentation to the Minister of Human Resources and Development, Govt of India Mr. Kapil Sibal.
One of the groups suggested that when and where the complaint is of serious nature the identity of the complainant be reserved. It was also suggested by this group that if any state comes out with a fixed matrix it should be published in a booklet form so that the complainant knows which official is to be approached for a particular problem. While another group suggested that irrespective of who entertains or registers the complaint there should be clear and transparent guidelines on financial flow.

Besides these some other important suggestions which came up in the consultation was in order to make the grievance redressal mechanism truly effective all states should notify SCPCR/REPAs and wherever it already exists they need to be strengthened and made functional by removing barriers in the form of absence of Rules, financial allocation etc.. Proper training and orientation of the local authorities who will receive the complaint at the local level should be ensured.

In addition, Chairperson, NCPCR, Ms. Santha Sinha stressed that SCPCRs should work on confidence building measures with the aim of bringing a sense of positivity with regards to implementation of the historic Act. She suggested that networking with NGOs can be an effective way of ensuring proper implementation of the Act. She also added that mobilising the youth and community leaders would leave a positive impact on the implementation of the Act.

The consultation ended with an appreciative and encouraging note from the HRD Minister.

Participation in the National and Regional Consultation on “Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, 2011”, at Delhi and Kolkata.

Dr. (Capt.) Suchitra Kakoty, Chairperson of Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) along with member of ASCPCR Ms. Kalyani Das and Consultant of ASCPCR Mr. Chandan Barman participated in the two day recently held National Consultation on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, 2011 at National Law University, Delhi from June 14 to June 16, 2011. Mr. Veerappa Moily, Law Minister, Govt of India was the Chief Guest of the Consultation. The consultation was held basically to define and penalise a range of commonly occurring sexual offences against children, with appropriate punishments and provision for a Special Court to try such offences, while adopting child friendly procedures and balancing the needs of fair trial for adult offenders and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Considering the present scenario of Assam State, the Chairperson Dr. Kakoty forwarded various suggestions and recommendations to the existing draft which were accepted by the panel. The Commission has also put forwarded its suggestions to some other existing provisions of the Draft Bill.

In another Regional Level Consultation jointly organized by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata on the same draft Dr. Suchitra Kakoty, Chairperson, ASCPCR along with Mr. Chandan Barman, Consultant also participated in the consultation.

Attended meeting on Child Trafficking organized by CID, Assam.

On 7th September, 2011 Chairperson of ASCPCR Dr. Suchitra Kakoty attended a state level training of trainers on combating human trafficking by Criminal Investigation Department , Assam. She spoke at length on concepts of human trafficking and existing responses to human trafficking.

On 14th September, 2011 Women Development Centre organised a programme commemorating the International Girl Child day in Guwahati. Chairperson of ASCPCR, Dr. Suchitra Kakoty graced the occasion as Chief Guest. In her speech, Dr. Kakoty spoke extensively on gender equality and the importance of educating girl child.

Attended International Colloquium on Children and Governance in New Delhi.

Dr. Suchitra Kakoty, Chairperson of ASCPCR and Urmimala Sengupta Consultant participated in the International Colloquium On Children and Governance held in New Delhi from November 9, 2011 to November 11, 2011. Gamuts of issues were discussed in the Colloquium. However, the issue involving Children in conflict affected areas was left out. It was suggested by the Chairperson Dr. Kakoty that this issue needs equal importance and attention as without addressing the issues of conflict, there cannot be peace and without peace there cannot be any development. The organisers and participants lauded the suggestion.

Following are the key issues that emerged from the discussion:

  1. Need for harmonization of Laws involving children.
  2. Independent monitoring system to be set up and those existing ones should be strengthened.
  3. Involve academia and media to get evidence on issues relating to children.
  4. Knowledge sharing and advocacy on child rights issues
  5. Consolidate a robust data base on Children.
  6. Government institutions should track if children are denied access to services.
  7. Monitor the use of special provisions for the marginalized.
  8. Community communications design in a programme so that they know their entitlements.
  9. Capacity building for functionaries.
  10. Empower the local government structures and build their capacities.
  11. Create indicators to measure child friendliness of governments and evolve them constantly. These indicators should be factual, credible, professional and validated.
  12. Build public opinion on matters concerning children.
  13. Need to institutionalise children’s participation in school committees and local governance.
  14. Need to put the face of child in governance issues.



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