Bhubaneswar, 21/12/2017 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty )- : Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Children in Street Situations is a unique attempt made by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) & Save the Children. It is a step-by step guideline for all stakeholders for care, protection & rehabilitation of children living in the streets. In the state the SOP was launched by Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) in collaboration with Save the Children.
The smart city Bhubaneswar and other fast growing urban areas of Odisha are attracting large no of children as they and their families come to new places in the hope of finding new avenues of livelihood. Therefore, it is imperative to create a conducive and safe environment for all children, ensuring convergence of government services, entitlements & protection of rights.
The roll out was held at Hotel Suryansh here in the presence of many stakeholders such as duty bearers, child protection structures (DCPUs, Childline, CWC, JJB, etc.) and civil society organizations and children from the street. It is aimed at initiating the process of developing an action plan by various stakeholders & line departments
responsible for ensuring rescue and rehabilitation of these children.
Chairperson, Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) Kasturi Mohapatra presided the inaugural session where speakers State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities Dr. Minati Behera, General Manager, Policy & Advocacy, Save the Children, India
Office Alka Singh, MLA Priyadarshi Mishra and local Corporator Pritinanda Rout shared their valuable insights on various dimensions of issues that children face in the streets.
The vote of thanks was conveyed by Secretary, OSCPCR Devjani Dhal. In the technical session, Child Rights Activist Prof Pratap Kumar Rath and State Programme Head, Save the Children, Odisha Mahadev Hansda shared their presentation and opinion on how the lives of these children in the streets can be protected and their rights be ensured.
A strict monitoring system needs to be ensured across all stakeholders who are directly or indirectly associated with these children. Children also opined their views of what they are facing in the streets. There was also Bhubaneswar Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena was the guest of honour at the event. Highlighting several concerns on how to make the smart city of BBSR “Child Friendly” and how several schemes can be availed, Jena welcomed the concept of linking children in street situation with proper identity, for which an ADHAAR drive need to be initiated.
Member of OSCPCR Harihar Naik conveyed the vote of thanks.