Mukhi attends Child Protection Day; emphasises on protection of children from trafficking

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GUWAHATI, March 4: Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi said, “Children are the primary asset of any nation and Assam which has 41 per cent of its total population as children is duty bound to create an enabling environment for their holistic development.”

Governor Prof. Mukhi  while attending the 6th Child Protection Day organised by Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) in collaboration with UNICEF Assam at Srimanta Sankardeva International Auditorium, in the city said that while Assam has become the first state of India that has officially declared ‘Child Protection Day’ to be commemorated every year in Assam on March 4, State government has taken several steps for the protection of children from child trafficking and its manifestations.

Prof. Mukhi also said, “Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. However, many a time it is seen that childhood which is the formative period of anybody’s life is ruined by some rogue elements. I am happy to know that Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, under the leadership of Dr. Changkakati had focused on the issue of child trafficking and its various manifestations”.

The Governor also hailed the efforts of the Commission and UNICEF for going the last mile and conduct consultative workshop with the victims of Child Trafficking who are presently under the care and protection of the Ujjawala Homes of the state.

It may be noted that the Commission in collaboration with UNICEF in its pursuit to protect the rights of children and provide them a child friendly environment had done several consultations at the zonal level which culminated in the form of a State Level Consultation.

Chairperson, Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR), Dr. Sunita Changkakati, Chief of UNICEF, Assam Tushar Rane and Inspector General of Police, Surendra Kumar along with a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

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