District Taskforce formed to check Child Marriage and Empowerment of Adolescents in Rayagada district

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Rayagada: A district level work plan framed to prevent and prohibit the child marriage as well as empowerment of adolescents in Rayagada district by the chairmanship of District Collector and District Nodal Officer for Prohibition of Child Marriage Sri Pramod Ku Behera. The meeting was organised jointly by District Administration, District Child Protection Unit, Rayagada, Action Aid Association and UNICEF, Odisha office. The work plan focused to create awareness, rescue and rehabilitation mechanisms for children to prevent child labour and child marriage issues. Drop out and irregular schooling are leading for children to become child labour and supporting child marriage situation. So, the work plan addressed on escort fees for the children coming from more than 1 KM and 3 KMs for Primary and Upper Primary schooling.
In this meeting child protection mechanism, social security, child health institutions, child education and child marriage are main agendas for discussion. No child should be out of school and ensuring protections for children and adolescents both at household, community and institution level may ensure safe childhood.
Departments like police, education, skill development, social security, health, sports and youth services, SC and ST development, Women & Child Development and Mission Shakti took the responsibilities to create awareness at community level so that every person can have the knowledge on bad impact and insecurity of child labour and child marriage.
It is also decided that, the age bar should not limited to 18 years in case of girl and 21 years in case of boy, if they are interested to involve themselves in skill development or higher education they should be promoted and they should decide their age of marriage so that an economic sound environment be established. For this community and society should encourage the adolescents and youth masses.
Among of others Manoraranjan Mishra, Secy. DLSA, Rayagad, V. Raghunath Rao, Addl. Superintendent Of Police, Rayagada, Purna Chandra Bariha, District Education Officer, Anasthasia Kerketa, District Project Coordinator, RTE-SS, Nanda Lal District Welfare Officer, B.K.Pradhan, District Information &Public Relation Officer, District Culture Officer, District Social Security Officer, District Sports Officer, All Block Development Officers of Rayagada District, All CDPOs cum CMPOs of Rayagada District, Raja Kishor Sahu, Chairperson, CWC, Rayagada, Pranati Patra and Radhashyam Panda, Members, Juvenile Justice Board, Rayagada, Protection Officer, Smt. Nilendri Sahu, Satalal Deep. ADSWO, Niranjan Mallick, District Project Coordinator, Mission Shakti, Rayagada, District Project Manager, Odisha Livelihood Mission, Rayagada, District Project Manager, Snehalata Padhi Nutrition operational Plan, Rayagada, District Coordinator, Biju Yuba Vahini, Rayagada, representatives from Childline, SOVA, CYSD, PREM and team members of Action Aid Association and UNICEF, Odisha office joined in this meeting.
Sri Adipati Kanhar, DSWO i/c, given his welcome speech and Sri Ramesh Ch Nayak, DCPO shared the purpose of this work plan and formation of District Task Force, Sri Ghasiram Panda, National Manager, Action Aid shared the joint action plan of Government, Action Aid Association and UNICEF to prevent child marriage in the State while Ms. Neha Naidu, Child Protection Specialist and Dr. Lopamudra Tripathy, Development Communication Specialist, UNICEF, Odisha shared their views on Adolescent Empowerment, Child Protection and Child Marriage prevention. The meeting was ended with vote of thanks from Ratneswar Sahu, District Coordinator of Action Aid.

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