Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday underlined the need to protect the Child Rights and said "it was essential to monitor child abuse and trafficking under Right to Protection."
Speaking at the inaugural session on the "Child Rights and Child Protection" at Himachal Institute of Public Administration here, he said that concerned authorities should take immediate action to check violation of child rights.
"The commission carries the responsibility of bringing to book those who indulged in child abuse, wherever noticed, in the society," he said.
The workshop was organised by HP Commission for Protection of Child Rights in collaboration with National Commission for protection of Child Rights and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Himachal Pradesh.
Singh said that though the State commission is in its infant state, it carries the responsibilities to create greater public awareness on the rights of children and the role of the duty bearers in the society for implementation of all laws, policies, programmes and activities and functioning of institutional mechanism related to child abuse in the State.
He expressed hope?that?the commission would make earnest efforts for the protection of child rights besides ensuring them right to education, health and nutrition and examine all factors that inhibit the enjoyment of rights of children affected by natural disasters, domestic violence, maltreatment, torture, exploitation, pornography etc.
"I believe that the above all constitutional rights the children have 'Right to Family' too which is of paramount importance," he said.
"The commission should look into the matters relating to children in need of special care and protection including those who were orphans and marginalised," he said.
Bal Kalyan Samitis and other bodies working for protection of child rights were working in the direction for welfare of the Children in the State and taking precautionary measures, he said.
At present, there were 21 Children home in the State and the Government had constituted Juvenile Justice Boards for providing justice to the children.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Dhani Ram Shandil, said Child Right was one of the most important issue and the need of the hour was?to rehabilitate the children who had lost their parents.