Imphal, Jan 14:
A team of MCPCR led by its Chairperson Keisam Pradipkumar visited two Relief Camps situated at Porompat ( Veterinary compound ) and Palace Gate ( Govt Dance College compound ) in Imphal East and took stock of the situations of the displaced children in respect to right to food , Midday meal and right to education.
During the direct interaction with displaced children at Porompat Relief Camp four children with two girls were found being dropped out as they failed to get admitted to any schools after their displacement from Moreh in May last year. The age of drop out children were 6 yrs 9 years and 15 years respectively. MCPCR instructed the ZEO team who accompanied the visiting team to ensure immediate enrollment of the droped out children so that they don’t lose their academic year.
The visiting team were also assessing how neighborhood ICDS centres cater the needs of the children under six in the relief centre. Chairperson Keisam Pradipkumar remarked the pressing need of modification of formulation of the existing SNP’s Ready to Eat nutritional supplements so that these packed foods are more palatable, acceptable by children and and culturally appropriate.
The fact is there has been strong complaints that these nutritional supplements are disliked by the beneficiary children of the state in respect to its unusual taste and smell resulting to discarding the same without consumption enmass.
Chairperson also stressed the need of exploring possibilities to cover the mid day meal facilities to the displaced private school going children and children in the age group of 14-18 years as the displaced children are categorised as Victim of armed conflict or civil unrest as Child in need of care and Protection ( CNCP) under JJ Act, and deserve special protection beyond schematic parameters.
Altogether 2016 displaced children have been declared to be CNCP.
During the visit children were provided 53 hot case Tiffins to the inmate children.
The visit was accompanied by MCPCR members Dr Kausar Banu, Habibur Rahman, H. Doren, L. Lamyanbi and Ch. Anita.