Sarpanches have been urged by the district administration to monitor child marriage.
Raigad-29 / 04- (Dhaneshwar Raut) – A campaign called “Efforts” is underway to make Rayagada a child-free district and make the district a child-friendly district.
Under the direct supervision of District Magistrate Shri Saroj Kumar Mishra, the district level coordinated various departments in the district to empower minors, send school-age children to school and ensure a safe environment for children. Akshay III is a tradition. Many parents organize an outing, thinking that if their son or daughter is evicted on this day, their marriage will be happier.
The Odisha State Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child and the state government have expressed fears that child marriages could take place in the process as many families are likely to get married during the Akshay Tritiya celebrations. Therefore, the district commissioner, Mr. Mishra, urged all the sarpanches and mayors of the district to look into the matter. He also urged the sarpanches to take up the issue of child marriage in every temple and religious organization in the panchayat area by discussing the issue during a special village meeting in the panchayats on May 1.
The letter emphasized the need to check the age of both sons and daughters in any outing in the village, as well as the birth certificate of a son or daughter, a certificate of schooling, as a suitable means of proof of age. The DPO and the Child Marriage Prohibition Officer, Child Line (1098), Police (112) and District Child Protection Officers are urged to take all necessary steps to send information to the public.
Today, District Magistrate Shri Mishra, through the District Child Protection Unit, has sent a letter to the District Panchayat Officers, all the District Development Officers, all the Child Marriage Prohibition Officers and CDPOs in this regard, District Child Protection Officer Shri Ramesh Chandra Nayak said.