Ten children repatriated from Kerala

Imphal : A total of ten children comprising of nine girls belonging to Imphal East District and a boy belonging to Thoubal District on repatriation from Calicut, Kerala arrived at Imphal today. The children were escorted by eight officials belonging to Kerala State including the Special Juvenile Police Unit, Kozhikode, District Child Protection Unit, Kozhikode and two volunteers of the state.

Out of the ten children, nine children were found to be inmates of Ciesco Girls Home and the boy was an inmate of Calicut Orphanage. They were repatriated back to the state vide order of the Child Welfare Committee, Kozhikode, Kerala.

Minister for Social Welfare Shri Henry Okram applauded Director (Social Welfare) Shri Ng. Uttam, other officials of the department and others concerned for their efforts in bringing back those children to the State safely and handing over the children to their parents. The Minister also thanked the Kerala Government for their priceless support on repatriation of the children from Calicut, Kerala to Imphal.

The repatriation team started their journey from Kozhilode on 19.11.2020 by surface transport and reached Imphal today in the evening. On reaching the state, the children along with their escorts were taken to IIIT, Mantripukhri and conducted COVID-19 testing. After COVID-19 Testing, they were produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Imphal East & Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Thoubal District along with the officials of SCPS, District Child Protection Unit (DCPUs) Imphal East and Thoubal District of Social Welfare Department, Government of Manipur at the Conference Hall of Directorate Office of Social Welfare Department.

After receiving the children formally from the custody of the escorts/officials from Kerala State, the particulars of the children were cross-checked and verified. They were handed over to their respective parents after observing due formalities by, Director (Social Welfare) Shri Ngangom Uttam Singh, Deputy Director (WP) Smt. Binobala Nongmeikapam, and officials of SCPS, DCPUs of Child Protection Services (CPS) along with Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) Imphal East & Thoubal District. The parents and children were given proper advice on precautionary measures to be observed in connection with COVID- 19.

It is appealed to the general public that no child be sent to other States on the pretext of giving free education and shelter by any organisation/individual. If any individual/organisation approaches a family/guardian offering free education or shelter, it is requested to contact the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) or Child Line- 1098 for guidance and verification. If the Child needs Care and Protection, he/she shall be kept in a Child Care Institute/Children Homes of his/her respective district in the State after producing before the concerned Child Welfare Committee (CWC). It may be noted that a Child’s own family is the best and safest place for overall development and growth of the child. (DIPR)

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