Material being incorporated in curriculum to keep children safe: Murtaza Wahab

KARACHI: ICR, Oct 30, 3018

On the directives of Chief Minister Sindh, a meeting was held to develop a systematic and effective mechanism for protection of children and bringing improvements in the performance of Sindh Child Protection Authority on Tuesday, chaired by Sindh Minister for Minorities Affairs, Social Welfare and Food Hari Ram Kishori Lal.

Advisor to Chief Minister for Information, Law & Anticorruption Barrister Murtaza Wahab, Secretary Social Welfare department Taha Farouqui, Director Sindh Child Protection Authority Azeem Ahmed Meo, Head of Madadgar Helpline Zia Awan Advocate and others attended the meeting.

Addressing the meeting Provincial Minister Hari Ram Kishori Lal said that Chief Minister Sindh has issued strict directives to improve the performance of Sindh Child Protection Authority and added that SCPA was being reconstituted as the tenure of previous members was ended. He agreed to a proposal for convening a meeting of authority at least once in a quarter to review its performance and added that the emergency meeting of authority could also be convened at any time when required.

He said that Child Help Line setup under social welfare department was working effectively, however, he added that by the end of November, child helpline would be upgraded and state of arts facilities would be provided to developed rapid response system for citizensí help. He added that 90 percent development work of Korangi Street Children Rehabilitation Center was completed which consisted of nine blocks with accommodating facility for 200 boys and 100 girls.

Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh for Information Barrister Murtaza Wahab informed that curriculum was being revisited to incorporate material on child protection so that children are made well aware of safety measures at a very early age. He further said that Sindh cabinetís committee was constituted on the issue of beggary and added that committee will soon present its recommendation in Sindh cabinet for the elimination of menace of children beggary from the province.

Provincial Advisor said that Child Helpline 1121 was an important wing of the social welfare department which needed proper projection in print and electronic media so that common man could be acquainted with this facility.

Advocate Zia Awan said that Chief Minister Sindhís intervention for the protection of children was positive step added that we had to move forward for a systematic approach for keeping our children safe as fifty percent of the population consist of children. He said that Sindh enacted inspiring legislation and now, it was time to build an effective institution for implementations of rules. -- HO