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Protecting child rights is joint responsibility
A L Kismath Kumar, Juvenile Welfare Director in Govt. Of Andhra Pradesh has said that social activists working with various NGOs and involved in the functioning of shelter homes and child-related activities should treat children with concern but should not behave like salaried employees.

KUMAR SAID that to ensure protection of children rights is joint responsibility of the society, government and NGOs. He inaugurated a two-day training programme recently for frontline workers working with shelter homes and NGOs working with children, on child protection, counselling and child rights, organised by Association for Promoting Social Action (APSA) at Kavadiguda Community Centre, in collaboration with the Department of Juvenile Welfare.

He said it is the duty of everyone to identify the rights and needs of children in difficult situations and crisis and ensure to come to their rescue. He advised that frontline workers should acquire complete knowledge with regard to various legislations and enactment with regard to child rights. Stating that they should also study the psychological conditions of children come into their contact, he advised them to cultivate positive attitude towards children who are in conflict with law.

The minister said that social activists working with various NGOs and involved in the functioning of shelter homes and child-related activities should treat children with concern, but should not behave like salaried employees.

He said his department has initiated `Project Sarathy’ aiming at to train properly all the front line workers involved in these activities in the state. A core group of 30 master trainers’ were provided training at Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.

Great Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Deputy Mayor G Raj Kumar participating as chief guest stressed the need to provide shelter to all those children who have left their homes and roaming on streets. He assured that GHMC will provide suitable accommodation in the city for setting up such shelter homes. He said that most of the deprived children are from poorer and marginalised sections of the society. “They should be brought to schools ensuring a brighter future. Otherwise there is a danger of turning them as criminals, child labourer and beggars”, he added.

APSA Director S Srinivas Reddy presiding over the programme suggested that united efforts should be made Hyderabad as `Child Friendly City’ in the country. He said that in the absence of sufficient resources many government schools, shelter homes and child-care centres in the slums are unable to provide child-friendly environment. Project Sarathi programme consultant M Sri Ram and APSA Coordinator N Tulasi Bai also spoke.

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