Comprehensive action plan for tackling child labour is need of the hour: Assam CM
Gogoi also directed the concerned department to formulate strict deterrent to stop child and women trafficking, unlawful employment of children through placement agencies and other crimes related to children and women.
In a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in the conference room of his office chamber in Dispur, the Assam CM reviewed the initiatives taken to tackle various forms of child abuse in the State.
It also reviewed the current status and activities of the Chief Minister’s vision for women and children. In the meeting it was decided to make Assam a child marriage free state by suitable legislation.
It was also decided to carry out a comprehensive survey on child labour in the State for evolving an action plan to tackle the problem of child labour.
Gogoi directed that a survey should be undertaken in consultation with Kailash Satyarthi Children Foundation and UNICEF.
A State Level Advisory Council headed by the Chief Minister would be constituted to review the progress of the State Convergent Plan of Action for Child abuse which would be implemented in partnership with UNICEF.
A mechanism would be put in place for fast tracking of cases related to child abuse and violence against women.
The Assam CM also directed convening a meeting with NGOs working throughout the State in the field of child protection and development.
Expressing concern over incidences of trafficking of children and women, the meeting decided to put in place strict rules and regulations for strict vigilance over placement agencies and their activities.
Assam would also partner with the Kailash Satyarthi Foundation for rehabilitation and welfare of trafficked children.
Gogoi also directed formulation of strategy to prevent exploitation of children by parents.
Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia and other top officers of the Government were present at the meeting.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)