Policies for children on anvil

Kathmandu, September 14 :

State Minister for Information and Communication, Dilendra Prasad Badu, said the government is committed to formulating national policies and regulations on children and implementing them to secure their future.

Addressing a programme to mark the National Children’s Day on the premises of Nepal Child Organisation, Badu said compulsory primary education would ensure the fundamental rights of the children.

“International and national non-government organisations working for children, as well as government authorities, need to ensure protection to the conflict-affected and displaced children without duplicating their programmes,” said Badu, adding if only 365, of the more than 35,000 NGOs registered nationwide, worked for the welfare of children in a particular area, the problems would not be this grave.

He also said that the government was actively working for children through Central Child Welfare Committee in 75 districts, and shelter homes in four regions of the country under the Ministry for Women, Children and Social Welfare, that provides shelter to orphans and destitute children.

Upendra Keshari Neupane, president of Child NGO Federation Nepal said social security for children should be implemented through the programmes instead of limiting them to papers.

Dhurva Nepal, secretary of National Human Rights Commission, said mines should be removed from the schools.

This year onwards, the government has decided to observe Bhadra 29 instead of Bhadra 4 as the National Children’s Day.