GUWAHATI, Sept 4 – The official launch of ‘Red Signal Campaign’, an initiative of the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, in collaboration with WAY Foundation and the Government of Assam and with technical support from MIND India, was successfully held in the auditorium of Don Bosco Institute, Kharghuli.
Over 300 participants comprising councillors of different wards under the Guwahati Municipal Corporation, area members, members of Nagarik Suraksha Committees, chairperson, Child Welfare Committee, Kamrup, civil society organisations and students were present at the official launch of the campaign.
GMC Mayor Abir Patra was present as the chief guest on the occasion. Among other dignitaries were Mukesh Sahay, ADGP CID, Assam Police; Hrishikesh Das, Deputy Labour Commissioner; Malabika Boruah, Joint Secretary, Social Welfare Department; Kabyashree Mahanta, Deputy Secretary, Social Welfare Department; Dr Tushar Manhor Rane, chief of UNICEF Field Office; Ved Prakash Gautom, Child Protection Officer of UNICEF Assam; Dr Sangeeta Goswami, president, MIND India and Indrajit Sinha, director, WAY Foundation.
Chairperson of the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Runumi Gogoi, delivered the welcome address, in which she explained in detail the initiative ‘Red Signal Campaign’. The main objective of the campaign is to bring out the voice of the people on child labour issues, to sensitise the people about the various schemes and legal tools for combating child labour and to bring out the recommendations of the people on combating child labour through a series of workshops, so that the government departments concerned could use those recommendations as an advocacy tool.
The overall objective of the initiative is to make Guwahati a child labour-free city, the first-of-its-kind initiative in the Northeast.
Mayor Patra launched the initiative officially and assured the Commission that the GMC would cooperate in every possible manner to make the initiative successful.