Assam violence: ASCPCR for immediate transfer of children to state homes

Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has recommended immediate transfer of children who lost their parents, in the latest violence in the Assam`s Bodoland Territorial Area Districts, to state homes for children immediately.

PTI| Updated: May 09, 2014, 16:18 PM IST

Guwahati: Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) has recommended immediate transfer of children who lost their parents, in the latest violence in the Assam`s Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD), to state homes for children immediately.

The Commission, in a report submitted on Friday to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi after visiting the violence-affected families of a relief camp at Narayanguri in Baksa district, asked the state government to ensure that affected children continue their studies.

The government should ensure this by providing them free books from the Sarva Siksha Abhijan (SSA) and taking steps to send them to schools immediately, ASCPCR Chairperson Runumi Gogoi said here.

The Commission has also asked the Baksa district administration to provide the actual number of such orphans for further action, sources said.
The district administration should also take immediate steps to provide safe drinking water and nutritious food to children, especially those in the age group of 0-6 years, sources said.

There are 498 people in the relief camp and 200 are minors with 85 in the age group of 0-6 years, sources said.

Meanwhile, 14 children have been killed in the violence and ten others are still reported as missing.

The missing children are from NK Khagrabari, Narsignbari and Narayanguri villages under Govardhan police station in Baksa.
The Commission has asked Baksa Deputy Commissioner to put the cases of the missing children under Child Tracking System so that they can be tracked effectively by various government agencies.

The Commission also informed the Deputy Commissioner about UNICEF`s keenness to provide psycho-social counselling to all violence affected children in Baksa.