KATHMANDU: Vice President Ram Sahaya Prasad Yadav has laid emphasis on mandatory formulating and enforcing education, health, sports, entertainment and personality development plans of children as per the arrangements specified in the Constitution.
In a message delivered today on the occasion of National Children’s Day, 2080, he said the local level child clubs and adolescent groups should lay emphasis on creative and personality development works.
He stressed the need to run technical education and skill-enhancing training for children and said the society should strictly prohibit child labour, unauthorised recommendations for child homes, child violence and misbehaving as well as protection of child marriage.
He also stressed the urgency of instituting children funds at all local levels and delivering socialisation services, emergency relief for at-risk children and health treatment aid services.
“As the people’s representatives have a crucial role in the protection and promotion of child rights, the child-friendly programme operation is a must. The role of health workers is equally important for the management of child protection cases”, he added.
PM expresses government commitment to protecting children’s rights
On the occasion, Prime Minister said the government is committed to protecting, promoting and fulfilling children’s rights in a child-friendly environment. Further, he said the government is proactive in implementing legal, policy and institutional arrangements of the constitution, law and policy on child rights.
It is the state’s responsibility to arrange alternative care and family support for the children requiring special protection through local governments, he said, emphasizing the need to increase public investment for fulfilling children’s rights and development.
The prime minister has appealed to the federal, provincial and local level governments to spur investment in children’s rights protection and promotion.
The Prime Minister further said it was the shared responsibility of families, societies and the entire country to check violence against children, including sexual harassment and child trafficking.
“For this, all three tiers of governments, non-government institutional child protection mechanisms, National Child Rights Council, provincial child rights committees and local child rights committees should be made active by equipping them with resources and means”, the PM added. He urged all sectors to effectively work in this sector.
PM Dahal wished for the happy, healthy, prosperous life and child-friendly livelihood of all children on the occasion of National Children’s Day.
The 59th National Children’s Day is being marked across the country with the theme ‘Investing in our future means investing in our children’.