The Childline India Foundation conducted a consultative meeting with government officials and NGOs at DC conference hall on Thursday to discuss and assess on launching Childline 1-0-9-8(night and day) in Dimapur. It may be mentioned that 1098 is a national 24 hour free emergency telephone helpline and outreach service for children in need of care and protection in Dimapur.
Addressing the participants, ADC Sedevikho Khro called upon all the stake holders to see to it that their responsibilities are carried out to the advantage of underprivileged children. Denouncing the discrimination of a child, he reminded that a child is a child and that there should be no discrimination on the basis of caste, creed or color when it comes to the concerns of a child.
The ADC appealed to NGOs, police officials and government departments involved in child protection to implement the programme with success.
Child-line is a unique partnership of government-NGO-corporate sector and the largest NGO network in India which reaches out to all children in need of care and protection such as: street children, child laborers, children who have been abused, child victims of flesh trade, differently-able children, child addicts, children in conflict with the law, children in institutions, mentally challenged children, HIV and aids infected children, children affected by conflict and disaster, child political refugees, children whose families are in crises.
Northeast coordinator of Childline India Foundation (Kolkata) Avik Mitra, in his speech stressed on the need for coordination between stakeholders of government agencies, NGOs and police to ensure the effectiveness of the child helpline. He averred that the helpline was not only about counseling over the phone but aimed to reach out to the most marginalized children between the aged group of 0-18 years and provides intervention, shelter, medical repatriation, rescue, death related, sponsorship and emotional support and guidance, he further added.
Participants of the meeting included SDPO Niuland Tokavi Achumi, DWO Dimapur, personnel from Railway Protection Force and other stake holders.