Imphal, March 29
Manipur Alliance for Child Right (MACR) has lodged a complaint to the Manipur Human Rights Commission over failure to provide food grains to the children of the poor families under various beneficiaries of the govt. scheme like Mid Day meal, ICDS, ICPS by taking up special arrangement as the Children have been seriously affected by the ongoing nationwide lockdown taken up in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the complaint lodged by Keisham Pradipkumar, Executive Member MARC, the Manipur Human Right Commission to intervene the situation by issuing directives to the concerned authority to ensure that basic food grain, soap, mask, sanitizer, disinfectants be provided to the 64 child care institutions (CCIs) which have been operating in the state under integrated child protection scheme (ICPS) of the Ministry Of Women and Child Development, Government of India, being implemented by the Social Welfare Dept. Govt of Manipur. The 64 CCIs are currently housing around under the juvenile (care and protection of Children) Act,2015.
The complaints to the MHRC also stated that the concerned NGOs running the CCIs are in need of such arrangement as they are facing inexpressible difficulties because of the ongoing 21 days total lockdown and curfew imposed in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
”Ready to eat food items, food grains entitled for children, lactating mother and adolescent girls under supplementary nutrition programme of ICDS project being implemented by social welfare Dept Govt of Manipur are made available to the beneficiaries of the concerned Anangwadi centers operational in every locality of the state so that beneficiaries could get sustained food security during the 21 days Lockdown period”, the complaint lodged to the MHRC by Pradip stated.
The complaint also urged the Chairperson of the MHRC to make sure 21 days food grain of middy meal for school students are distributed at the doorsteps of the child concerned, through home delivery mode,so that no child remains hunger while staying inside their homes during the 21 days national wide lockdown.