AEA organizes consultation to draft state policy on children 2017 to include the issues of migrant children

Aide et Action organized a regional consultation in collaboration with OSCPCR at Balangir to influence Odisha state draft policy on migration to include the issue of migrant children. The consultation was held under the chairmanship of Ms. Kasturi Mahapatra, Chairperson, OSCPCR. A total of 70 delegates representing govt. officials from SSA, W&CD, DWO, Labour, Women & child desk and civil society organizations of 6 migration prone districts i.e. Balangir, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Sonepur & Boudh had participated.

Mr. Umi Daniel, Regional Head-Migration,  Aide et Action International, shared the status of migrant children based on an assessment carried out in 18 villages in 8 blocks of Balangir, Nuapada and Bargarh districts of Odisha covering 592 migrant families.

All the govt. officials shared their status on district-level intervention to prevent child migration and seasonal hostel. With reference to the assessment carried out by Aide et Action and comments of the delegates of the consultation including presentation of children the following recommendations came up for the draft policy on children;

  • Village level tracking mechanism of migrant children at school and Anganwadi level
  • Opening up of more number of seasonal hostels in these districts, covering Sonepur & Boudh
  • Timely opening of seasonal hostels and enrolment of deserving children in the seasonal hostel
  • Increase the intake capacity of existing seasonal hostels to retain children
  • Organise special camps in the high migration villages to re-enroll returnee migrant children in school and Anganwadi
  • Special enrolment drive for migrant returnee children
  • Remedial classes for the migrant returnees
  • Hostel for ST children in the migration prone districts with high density of tribal population
  • Special care and protection protocol for children in Seasonal hostels
  • Inter-departmental coordination with line department (ICDS, Health, Education, and Labour)

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