State celebrates Children’s Day

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that a huge park especially for children would be constructed in the State soon. This was announced by him at the Children’s Day Celebration held at Auditorium of Tribal Research Institute, Chingmeirong, Imphal today. The celebration was organised by Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister also announced that a Toy Train would be installed at the Takyel Children park soon. He stated that the Health and Social Welfare Department would be working jointly in implementing various schemes for the welfare of the children of the State. He appealed the parents and guardians not to give extra burden to children and to provide them free time and space so as to know the environment and society better.
Highlighting the effects of the social media on children, Chief Minister urged the people of the State not to upload any images and videos with violent contents on social media which would have negative impact on the behaviour of the children. He maintained that we need to nurture our children in a peaceful and clean environment.
Chief Minister stated that though a small state, Manipur is flooded with various crimes, problems and issues such as rampant drug abuse and alcoholism. Drug abuse and alcoholism are the main cause of the untimely death of many persons of the State and it adversely affects the society, he added. It is indeed sad that the previous governments remained as silent spectator rather solving such issues. In the past, the leaders and bureaucrats didn’t try to find out the root cause of such issues with commitment.
Chief Minister believed that people should work with strong commitment to root out the problems of drug abuse and alcoholism from the State. We need to change our perspective and outlook towards bringing development in the State, he added. Chief Minister urged the people to stop thinking for personal gains and start working for inclusive development in the State. While delivering her Presidential address, Minister for Social Welfare Smt. Nemcha Kipgen narrated the immense love and affection of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for children of this country. She mentioned that children are the future pillar of the Nation and it is our responsibility to provide love, affection, good education and proper care for the welfare of the children. We need to protect our children from sexual exploitation, child abuse, child labour etc., she added. Various laws have been enacted by the government for the protection of children in the country. However, the support of the people and CSOs is needed for the proper implementation at the grassroots, she added.
During the function, Chief Minister presented gifts to various children. Children from Ideal Blind School, Deaf and Mute School, Takyel and others presented songs and cultural items during the program.
Chairperson of Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) Smt. Sunitibala Ningthoujam, Principal Secretary Shri V. Vumlunmang, Secretary to CM Shri Ningthoujam Geoffrey and others attended the function.

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