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Chairperson's note:

It gives me immense pleasure to take over as the Chairperson of Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights from the earlier Commission.

Children are future of the nation and being a pediatrician, I am dealing with them from the new born to adolescent period i.e. till 18 years of age. Child welfare is the priority of every Country. United Nations (UN) policies for protection of Child right which are adopted by many countries including India, has helped self-guard rights of children who are considered weaker section of society with no power to voice their opinions. Children are prone for abuse, be it sexual or physical and many a times it is by their own close family contacts. They are used for child labour, as domestic help and at factories where health and wellbeing is at stake. Many cannot attend the elementary education which is their right under The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.

The Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights was constituted on 15/4/2008 under the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005. The Commission has received several complaints from different strata of society regarding immediate attention. The Commission during my Chairmanship will focus on Orphanages and Anganwadis about their functioning and how to improve them, RTE and corporal punishment in schools, child sexual abuse, beggary and how to curb it, heath, nutrition, immunisation of under five children, adolescent heath check-ups, adolescent programmes on substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, etc. We shall have more interactive sessions at Village Panchayat level to help mothers to improve heath of their children.

Many child Welfare Committees and NGOs are helping this Commission and I am there to extend my whole hearted support to them along with the Members of this Commission.

Our team is blessed with 6 Members who are expert in their own field and together we will work for safeguarding rights of children in Goa and make Goa safe for our children. Child right can be protected through our commitment, dedication and cooperation from public and support from the Government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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