CM announces mega children’s park plan

IMPHAL, 14th Nov: Chief Minister N Biren said that a mega park especially for children would be developed in the state soon and  or this the government has been scouting for a suitable site. The CM made this announcement during the Children’s Day celebration  held at Tribal Research Institute auditorium, Chingmeirong on Wednesday. The celebration was organised by the social welfare department. Speaking as chief guest of the event, Biren also conveyed that a toy train would be installed at the Takyel children park soon. Even though there are few private parks where children can have a good time, there are not much of such facilities owned by the government. Thus, the government has come up with the plan considering the need for a space where children can enjoy freely.
He stated that the health and social welfare departments would be working jointly in implementing various schemes for the welfare of children. He appealed to the parents and guardians not to give extra burden to children but to provide them free time and space so as to get better acquainted with the environment and society. The CM also stressed the need for coming out from the present trend of private tuition, which gives a constant pressure on the young minds, in order to let them develop as human being.
Biren also said that the minister concerned has intimated him that an enquiry will be conducted into report of a minor accused in suicide case found dead hanging in a juvenile home. Highlighting the effects of social media on children, he also urged all to refrain from uploading any images and videos with violent contents which would have negative impact on the behaviour of the children. He also emphasised on creating a peaceful and clean environment for the children to grow up.
Though Manipur is a small state, it is flooded with various crimes, problems and issues such as rampant drug abuse and alcoholism. Drug abuse and alcoholism are the main causes of untimely death of many persons and it adversely affects the society. It is indeed sad that the previous governments remained as silent spectator rather than solving such issues. In the past, leaders and bureaucrats didn’t try to find out the root cause of such issues with commitment, he contended.
Stressing the need for all to work together with strong commitment to root out problems of drug abuse and alcoholism from the state, Biren called upon the people of the state to change their perspective and outlook towards bringing development in the state. He also urged all to stop thinking for personal gains but start working for inclusive development.
While delivering her presidential address, social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen highlighted the love and affection of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for children. Children are the future pillar of the nation and it is the responsibility of the present generation to provide love, affection, good education and proper care to them. “We need to protect our children from sexual exploitation, child abuse, child labour among other forms of violence or violation of rights,” she said. Though various laws have been enacted by the government for the protection of children, support from people and CSOs is needed for proper implementation of those laws, she added.
During the function, the CM presented gifts to various children. Children from Ideal Blind School, Deaf and Mute School, Takyel and others presented songs and cultural performances during the programme.
Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) chairperson Sunitibala Ningthoujam, principal secretary V Vumlunmang, secretary to CM Ningthoujam Geoffrey and others also attended the function.

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