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Disability certificate-issuing panel soon
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 HAILAKANDI, Sept 20 - A committee will be constituted with the Health Department as nodal agency for issuance of disability certificate in the district.

 The decision to constitute a committee for issuing disability certificate to the differently- abled persons of the district was taken at a meeting of the Childline Advisory Board (CAB) at the Deputy Commissioner’s conference hall here on Saturday.

Chairing the meeting, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman of CAB, Megh Nidhi Dahal said the formation of the committee is necessary to reduce the hardships of the differently- abled persons of the district in getting disability certificate as they have to go to Silchar for the purpose.

Dahal directed the health authorities to take steps for constitution of the committee immediately in consultation with the concerned stakeholders and to start issuing certificates from September 26 after maintaining all COVID-19 protocols. Dahal directed the health department to even send disability certificate to their home in view of the Covid pandemic.

The Deputy Commissioner asked Childline and other agencies to collect data on socio-economic status of the families of child labourers and to submit a report to him for incorporating their names in different welfare-oriented schemes, including Arunodoi.

Dahal asked the District Child Protection Officer to register FIR against quazis and other offenders for solemnising child marriages and also against those adults eloping with minor girls.

Of the 28 cases of child marriage during the lockdown period from April to August, action has been taken in only one case.

“Punitive action, including filing of FIR has to be taken against the perpetrators to act as a deterrent against child marriage,” Dahal asserted.

The Deputy Commissioner asked Childline, CWC and other agencies to come up with new innovative ways to provide nutritional support to children during the ongoing Poshan Maah. He also stressed on stepping up awareness to put an end to the menace of child marriage, child labour, trafficking and other social evils.

The meeting reviewed last year’s activities of Childline and also during the lockdown period from April to August. 28 cases of child marriage, three cases of child labour and three trafficking for marriage cases had been registered.

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