GUWAHATI, Aug 22: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the Assam Police Sishu-Mitra programme at a function held at a city hotel on Thursday.
The programme has been envisioned to promote Child Friendly Policing in Assam and therefore, the Assam Police in association with UNICEF Assam and UTSAH Child Rights Organisation have conceptualised the programme.
Under the programme Child Friendly Police Kit which contains Police Jackets and Do’s and Don’ts manual, Training and Bridging Gap, Child Friendly Police Corner, Media Outreach on Ending Violence against Children in Assam were unveiled.
Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal terming the children as the future of the country said that there should be synergistic approach from all stake holders for the protection of rights of the children. This should be done to give a conducive environment for the children to grow up. Hailing Assam Police for its success stories achieved in the last three years, Sonowal said that Assam Police Sishu-Mitra Programme is a testimony to one of the successes of Assam Police.
Stating that the 21st century is full of challenges, Sonowal asked the Assam Police personnel to tread its future path considering all challenges and negotiate with them with all professionalism for creating a level playing ground for all including the children. He also observed that if a favourable atmosphere is created, children will get every opportunity to grow up and become ideal citizens.
He also called upon the Assam Police personnel who will be dealing with children to be very humane and use their child friendly police kit to bring about positive changes in their approach towards children.
Sonowal further said that Child Friendly Kit which has got a jacket as an essential component is just an outer costume, as he appealed to the police to be humble and kind and understand the psyche of the children.
While speaking on the occasion, social welfare minister Pramila Rani Brahma said that towards child protection, the country has very child friendly policy like POSCO Act.
She also said that under Assam Police Sishu-Mitra Programme, proactive steps would be taken for the welfare of children.
Additional chief secretary (home and political) Kumar Sanjay Krishna, director general of police (DGP) Kuladhar Saikia, additional director general of police (ADGP) Harmeet Singh, representative from UNICEF Dr. Yasmine Ali Haque also spoke on the occasion. The state head of UNICEF Dr. Tushar Rane gave vote of thanks.
MLA B Bora, senior police officers, representatives of UNICEF and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.