Updated 24 Nov 2020, 8:53 am
As many as 10 children of Manipur, including nine girls from Imphal East District and a boy from Thoubal District have been brought back to the state on Monday from Calicut, Kerala.
The children arrived in Imphal in the evening escorted by eight officials of Kerala State, including the Special Juvenile Police Unit, Kozhikode, District Child Protection Unit, Kozhikode and two volunteers of the state.
Of the 10 children, nine children were found to be inmates of Ciesco Girls Home and the boy was an inmate of Calicut Orphanage. They were repatriated back to the state vide order of the Child Welfare Committee, Kozhikode, Kerala.
Minister for Social Welfare Henry Okram applauded Director (Social Welfare) Ng Uttam, other officials of the department and others concerned for their efforts in bringing back those children to the State safely and handing over the children to their parents. The minister also thanked the Kerala Government for their priceless support on repatriation of the children from Calicut, Kerala to Imphal.
The repatriation team started their journey from Kozhilode on November 19 by surface transport and reached Imphal today in the evening.
On reaching the state, the children along with their escorts were taken to IIIT, Mantripukhri and conducted COVID-19 testing. After COVID-19 Testing, they were produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Imphal East & Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Thoubal District along with the officials of SCPS, District Child Protection Unit (DCPUs) Imphal East and Thoubal District of Social Welfare Department, Government of Manipur at the Conference Hall of Directorate Office of Social Welfare Department.
After receiving the children formally from the custody of the escorts/officials from Kerala, the particulars of the children were cross-checked and verified.
They were handed over to their respective parents after observing due formalities by Director (Social Welfare) Ngangom Uttam Singh, Deputy Director (WP) Binobala Nongmeikapam, and officials of SCPS, DCPUs of Child Protection Services (CPS) along with Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) Imphal East and Thoubal District.
The parents and children were given proper advice on precautionary measures to be observed in connection with COVID- 19.
The social welfare department appealed to the general public that no child be sent to other states on the pretext of giving free education and shelter by any organisation/individual.
If any individual/organisation approaches a family/guardian offering free education or shelter, it is requested to contact the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) or Child Line- 1098 for guidance and verification. If the Child needs Care and Protection, he/she shall be kept in a Child Care Institute/Children Homes of his/her respective district in the State after producing before the concerned Child Welfare Committee (CWC).
First published:23 Nov 2020, 7:50 pm