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State Govt should be declared as a State Action Plan for Children

State Govt should be declared as a State  Action  Plan  for  Children 

 Bhubaneswar,16th March 2017 (By Minaketan Jena)-Campaign Against Child Labour(CACL),Odish was organizing mega Think-Tank endeavour for development of the Consultation on State Action plan for Children”  and sharing on “State Education Policy” draft was  hold on  15th& 16th  March,2017 at  Red Cross Bhavan, Bhubaneswar with the support of India Literacy Project(ILP),Bangalore. There is discussion on replenishing and updating knowledge-base, the Govt. of India, through the “National Policy for Children – 2013”, reiterates its’ commitment to safeguard, inform, include support and empower hildren nationwide. As per policy guidelines, the Min of W & CD – Govt. of India (GoI), in-consultation with other related ministries and departments has mandates to formulate a “National Plan-of-Action for Children” and facilitate formation of the same at the State, District and local-level in a decentralized approach to devise strategies and draw Action-Plans in priority areas viz., for Survival, Health & Nutrition, Education & Development, and for Protection & Participation of Children. Accordingly, the Min of W & CD – Govt. of India, in pursuance of this policy has developed the “National Plan-of-Action for Children (NPAC) – 2016” to provide a “Broader Road-Map with Action-Strategies for meeting prioritized areas of Child Development stated under concerned “Policy Objectives”. And now it’s’ action-time for individual States to streamline state strategies for development of the same for enactment at the earliest. Concerns, stand-point of Odisha, the State has categorically made its’ presence felt beforehand the enactment of this national Policy having developed the “State Plan-of-Action for Children: 2009-12” developed in-compliance to the “National Plan-of-Action for Children: 2005-10 and the 11th Five-Yr. Plan: 2007-12”. And again, its’ high-time for the State to repeat its’ magical spell in-pursuance of the “NPC – 2013” with the central legislations been already developed and shared. CACL is of the viewpoint that, the state over the years, has facilitated development of series of need-based key child- development indicators within the state. But with the passage of time, diverse challenges have emerged in new shapes & forms’, combating which, is essentially pertinent to bring-in quality changes in the lives of these vulnerable children, especially, in the “Protection & Participation” segment, emerging as one demandable need for collateral development of children statewide.In addition to this, the State is also adopting a faster process towards ensuring its’ preparedness for development of state-document titled “Odisha Vision  – 2036” in compliance to address and streamline state strategies towards meeting global protocols mandated in & as “Sustainable De3velopment Goals (SDGs)”. Under this, it’s an obligatory on CACL,Odisha to facilitate formulation & development of the “State Action-Plan for Children” and also preparation of State Education Policy with the help of Civil Society Members of Odisha . There was a detail discussion and give input on the above issues. There was joining & sharing on the problem of Children and also solution at macro & micro level as a Chief Guest Mr. Subash Singh,Chairman,State Construction & other Construction workers welfare Board; other guest Ms. Kasturi Mohapatra,Chairperson,Odisha State Commission for protection Child Rights;MsRadha Rani Panda,MLA; Mr K.K.Rath,Deputy Secretary,W&CD Deptt. Govt of Odisha; Additional Seretary of deptt of School & Mass Education Mr Biswanath Pradhan;UNICEF Child Protection Chief Mr Laxmi Naryan Nanda;PLAN representative Mr. Sukant kumar Sahu;CARITAS Representative Mr P.J with other dignitaries of State Convener Mr Sudhir Sabat,Chair person Mr Lalita Mishra & Ranjit Pattanaik.

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