Govt drafting regulation on children

Kathmandu, February 20:

Joint-secretary of the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Shyam Sundar Sharma, said the government is preparing a draft to amend regulations on children.

“We are drafting a new regulation so that the earlier regulations about children will be amended,” he said speaking at a function organised by ILO-IPEC Regional Project to Combat Trafficking in Children for Labour and Sexual Exploitation-TICSA.

Dipendra Bikram Thapa, secretary at the ministry , said the government alone can not do anything to control trafficking of children and eradicate exploitation of children. “We need a consolidated and coordinated effort at local, national and global levels to end trafficking,” he said.

Prache Vasuprasat, officer-in charge at the ILO office in Nepal, said the need of the hour is to fight against trafficking, which is increasing day by day. “We have to find out new methods to fight trafficking in a meaningful way,” he said.

Participants at the discussion asserted that poverty, discrimination and armed conflict were the major causes behind trafficking of children.

The discussion was organised to assess the outcome of the second phase of TICSA project.