Geyzing, Oct 22
The 36th grievance redressal bench/camp of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) which is the first of its kind in the state in West district as an aspirational district was held at Zilla Panchayat conference hall of Geyzing. The camp was jointly organized by NCPCR and Sikkim State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SSCPCR) in collaboration with West District Administration.
The camp was attended by the member of the NCPCR Pragna Parande and her team, DC (west) Karma R. Bonpo, Principal Magistrate (Juvenile Justice Board) Jwala Thapa, Chairman of SCPCR Dikila Bhutial, Additional SP (west) PVG Satish, officials from various government departments, teachers, students of various schools, NGOs and shelter homes of south and West Sikkim.
The grievance redressal camp was organized with an objective of hearing the cases related to child rights violation and also to assessed the matters related to child rights violation in the two district of the state. NCPCR is setting up camps across the country for the speedy redressal of child rights violation cases.
Students from various schools of West and South Sikkim placed their grievances such as lack of drinking water facilities in the schools, requirement of library and school books, desks and benches, need for construction of toilets and sanitation facilities in the schools, hostel facilities, inedequate numbers of teachers and others. Pragna Parande heard the students grievances and directed the education department to sort out the issues at the earliest. Definite timeline for redressal of grievances was also sought from the concerned department. Pragna Parande pressed for inter departments coordination required for resolving the issues in a proper manner.
Altogether, the Bench received 106 complaints pertaining to various child rights issues such as disability certification, POCSO related cases and compensations to the victims, provisioning of primary health centres, shelter homes and orphanage, mid-day meal issues were filed by NGOs, youth groups, students of west and south districts.
“we have received 106 grievances and have directed the concerned departments to redress the issue within a given timeline. We will work in tandem with the SSCPCR for proper redresaal of the issues raised in the camp. Some cases in relation to the central government will be assessed, studied and sorted out accordingly”, Pragna Parande said. She informed that most of the complaints were related to the lack of facilities in schools, medical services and shelter homes.
Apprising the house about aims of NCPCR, Pragna Parande expressed that the commission’s responsibilities is to work for protection of child rights in the country in tandem with the state’s commission for protection of child rights.
D.C (west) Karma R. Bonpo asserted that complaints and grievances placed by the students, NGOs and others would be looked into and the district administration would work collectively to resolve the issues. “All the issues will be taken care of and effort will be put up to settle the issues raised by the people at the earliest”, he said.
Certificates of appreciation were also given to the participants in the camp.