Odisha: District Administration seeks support from Traditional leaders to combat child Marriage in Rayagada

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Rayagada: An Orientation Workshop was conducted for Traditional leaders of Rayagada district jointly by District Administration, Rayagada, UNICEF and Action Aid to combat child marriage in the district at Mission Shakti Conference Hall, Rayagada. In this workshop the traditional leaders from Kashipur, Kalyan Singhpur, Rayagada and Kolnara blocks participated. Different Caste group people including tribal communities and traditional leaders joined in the workshop. District Collector Sri Pramod Ku Behera joined as Chief Guest and appealed the traditional leaders not to organise any child marriage in their locality. He also seeks support from the leaders to take necessary steps at their castes and appealed for involvement of everyone to spread the massage to make Rayagada a Child Marriage Free district.
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.
Every child has the potentiality to lead the nation, he or she may become a scientist, teacher or an administrator but due to child marriage it is not resulting so every community leaders should think about the next generation of their own community. They should dream about their community children.
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 organised this workshop to involve the caste or traditional leaders. it is focused not to organise any marriage ceremony while the girl is below 18 years and boy is below 21 years age. They should check the age of the person when a marriage is going to be solemnised they should collect information from the concerned Angan Wadi Worker. When a marriage is going to be happened they should convince the parents not to organise the marriage ceremony and they should inform Childline, Police, Angan Wadi Worker, ICDS Supervisors and CDPOs-cum- child Marriage Prohibition Officers and District Child Protection Officer.
Sri Ramesh Ch Nayak, District Child Protection Officer, Rayagada shared the purpose of this workshop and described about the child protection mechanisms available for the children in the district. He also narrated different schemes available for the children.
DSWO Smt. Waheeda Begum shared the context of the workshop and mong of others District Sports Officer Sri Shek Alinur, DPC Mission Shakti, Sri Niranjan Mallick, DPM, OLM, Sri Hemant Ku Bag, Action Aid District Consultant, Child Marriage Prohibition Sri Ratneswar Sahu, UNICEF District Consultant Sri Prakash Ch Barik and M. Tejeswar Rao joined in this process. The workshop was ended with the vote of thanks from Gayatri Mishra.

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