District level Adolescent Collective meet held to take action for Combating Child Marriage in Rayagada

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Rayagada: District Administration, Rayagada with association of Action Aid and Unicef hold a meeting of adolescents to combat child marriage in Rayagada district.
As per the NFHS-4 survey data Rayagada district stands on 5th position in terms of Female Child Marriage and 1st Position in case of Male child Marriage in the State. Child marriage leads to Infant Mortality, Maternal Mortality, Malnutrition and economically weak. To address the child marriage issues in district the State government, Rayagada District Administration, Action Aid and UNICEF jointly focused on different aspects like every children will be in the school and quality learning, health, malnutrition, child protection mechanisms and skill development mechanisms and a District Work Plan made for the District on 20th August 2019 with consultation of all line departments.
A District Task force formed under the Chairmanship of Collector and District Magistrate, Rayagada Sri Pramod Ku Behera to monitor the work plans. As a part of the District Work Plan District Administration hold the meeting. In the adolescent collective meeting the adolescents from Rayagada, Kashipur, Kalyan Singpur, Kolnara and Chandrapur took participation.
Rayagada Sub Collector Sri Pratap Kumar Pradhan, Dy Superintendent of Police, Rayagada, Sri Bata Krushna Mishra, District Social Welfare Officer Woheeda Begum, District Child Protection Officer Sri Ramesh Chandra Nayak, District Panchayat Officer Sri Ramakrishna Gond, District Social Sports Officer Sri Sheikh Alinur, District Small Savings Officer Sri Dhrub Ku Nayak, CWC Chairperson Sri Rajakishor Sahu, UNICEF District Consultant Sri Praksh Ch Barik and Santosh Behera, Action Aid District Consultant Sri Ratneswar Sahu were present in the meeting. Among of others representatives from Childline, SOVA, CYSD, BGVS and other NGOs were also present in the program to facilitate the adolescents.
An action plan developed by the adolescents to check child marriage issues in their areas and they also purposed some actions to be undertaken by the district administration to protect them. At last a District level forum formed.

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