Nagaland is the first in Eastern India to start Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) and is one of the first to set up statutory bodies like the JJB, CWC in entire districts, informed parliamentary secretary, social welfare department, Chotisuh Sazo.
Chotisuh Sazo was addressing a one day workshop on implementation of Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act and ICPS as chief guest on Wednesday at Zonal Council Hall, Kohima.
The workshop was conducted in order to impart knowledge to stakeholders.
Addressing a gathering of Juvenile Justice Board members, Child Welfare Committee members, representatives from legal and police fraternity and social welfare officials, Sazo said the JJ Act and ICPS will bring change in the mindset of people at all levels.
Stating that the JJ Act and ICPS guarantee safeguard of children in need of care and protection, Sazo asserted that effective implementation of the programmes would bring awareness on child protection in the state.
While admitting that the state had delayed in executing the JJ Act 2000, Sazo however expressed confidence that good results would augment with the implementation of ICPS, which is a flagship programme to carry out the provisions of JJ Act. Sazo further called upon NGOs and stakeholders to join hands with the government in educating the masses on protection of children and their rights.
Chairman of CSPS and secretary social welfare, Neihu C. Thur, said the workshop was designed to impart crash course on orienting stakeholders in implementing the JJ Act and ICPS.
Sessions on salient features of the JJ Act 2000, functions of Special Juvenile Police Unit in relation with Juvenile Law Clinic was presided over by resource person Avik Mitra, programme coordinator of Child Line India Foundation.