Gadchiroli Sept. 25 (District Correspondent) To ensure that children have a safe and secure environment and to prevent them from sexual abuse, Child Rights and Protection Act has been enacted. The practices of child labour, child marriage and sexual abuse of women in the workplace should be stopped by creating public awareness and effective implementation of the said Act, said Mr. Kumar Ashirwad, CEO of Zilla Parishad.
He was speaking in a seminar organized by Women Child and Welfare Department, Zilla Parishad, District Child Protection Cell with the cooperation of Miracle Foundation, Pune at the Niyojan Bhavan here the other day.
Taluka Level Control Officers as well as key officers and employees working in other affiliated departments participated in the one-day district level workshop. Ms. Madhavi Khode, Divisional Commissioner, Nagpur chaired the meeting virtually.
The CEO informed about the various Acts to prevent sexual abuse of children, child labour, educational dropout of children and abuse of women in the place of duty and the said workshop has been organized with a view to effective implementation of all these Acts.
All the officers present in the workshop were directed to organize training as master trainer to make the entire agencies aware of the Act at the taluka level after getting proper knowledge from the expert guide. The said workshop is the first step to start the complete public awareness and after this a lecture should be organized once a month in the school at the taluka level regarding the sexual abuse of children and the abuse of women while on duty, it was told.
Ms. Khode shared her experiences while working as Upper Commissioner in the Tribal Development Department and told how to creat effective public awareness about sexual abuse of children, rights and protection of children in all ashram schools.
All the trainees should take the workshop seriously and educate the students of the schools within the taluk as well as the children in the locality, so that the rights and protection of the children remain intact. When society is safe, we will be safe, Ms. Khode added.
Dr. Sandip Lanjewar, Member Child Welfare Committee, Gajanan Gobade, District Child Protection Officer, Gondia, Child Marriage Coordinator Umesh More, Miracle Foundation’s Dinanath Waghmare, Dr. Savita Sadamwar, Member Juvenile Justice Board, Dr. Shubda Deshmukh, Ms. Varsha Manwar, Priti Doifode, Project Manager guided the attendees regarding the purpose and outcome of the workshop. Shekhar Shelar, Deputy CEO, Archana Ingole, Deputy CEO (Women and Child Welfare), Hemlata Parsa, Education Officer (Primary), Rajkumar Nikam, Education Officer (Secondary), Vivek Nakade, Deputy EO were also present.
All the BDOs, Child Development Project Officers, Block Education Officers, Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents of Rural Hospitals, Taluka Health Officers, Center Heads were present as trainees. The workshop was moderated by Amar Singh Gedam and Nikita Sarode and vote of thanks was given by Archana Ingole.