Childline Advisory Board Meeting held at Gyalshing

Gyalshing: The Children Collaborative Organisation, Gyalshing organised Swatcha Program cum Childline Advisory Board Meeting at Conference Hall, WDZP Office, Gyalshing. The Program was graced by Shri. Tenzing L. Lepcha, S. P. West; Shri. Karma L. Lepcha, ADC West along with Milan Subba, ADC Dev. (Gyalshing), Smt. Anusha Lama, CMO West; HoDs; Officials from various departments and the Students of different Schools of Gyalshing.

SP West in his address stated that the Officials need to know their roles in regards to Childcare and child welfare. He also asked all HoDs, Block Development Officers of West Sikkim to implement and sensitize the public about the Childline Helpline at their respective offices and areas of jurisdictions. He mentioned that proper sensitization needs to be carried out in order to tackle child-related problems and cases in the District hence, he urged that the lead of proper guidance needs to be taken by the concern heads.

ADC Dev. (Gyalshing) in his briefing mentioned to move towards a ‘Swachh Bharat’ by making it a massive mass movement that seeks to engage everyone in the task of cleaning homes, workplaces, villages and surroundings, in a collective quest. The focus is to provide flexibility to State governments, as sanitation is a State subject, to decide on their implementation policy, use of funds and mechanisms, taking into account State-specific requirements. This is to enable States to develop an Implementation Framework that can utilise the provisions under the Mission effectively and maximize the impact of the interventions.

The Coordinator, Childline (West), Shri. Chitran Rai briefed on childline and swachata on vision and mission of the organisation, objectives of childline – 1098, actions of childline, intervention model, childline child protection activities and the notable achievements and exercises of the Childline collaborative organisation till date.

The main agenda of the meeting was to form the Childline Advisory Board (CAB), mass publicity of child helpline number – 1098, pasting of childline-1098 logo/stickers in the transport vehicles and others, incorporation of childline logo in all official website with proper circular, demand of establishing two more childline sub-centres in Soreng and Yuksam, making of child-friendly rooms in police stations, permission for conducting awareness generation program in every schools, formations of volunteers group in village level, Gram Panchayat level, block-level and trainings.

The meeting also had an open discussion where the framing of future strategies and action plans for eradicating child trafficking, child labour, child abuse and other issues from the district were discussed.

In the said program students also delivered a short speech on topic Importance on cleanness for healthy living.

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