Phase-II of ‘Paree Pain Katha Tiye’ from May 2019

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government has decided to launch the Phase-II of ‘Paree Pain Katha Tiye’, a campaign against sexual abuse on children, from May to June this year.

A high-level meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi was held at State Secretariat conference hall yesterday afternoon, in this regard.

According to reports, the state government has initiated steps for framing Phase-II of the campaign as a post-follow-up long-term action plan. The decision was after reviewing the progress and people’s feedback in support of the campaign during Phase-1.

During the meeting, Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Rajendra Prasad Sharma outlined the issues for discussion and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Asit Kumar Panigrahi presented the proposed roadmap for phase-Il of the campaign.

IGP Panigrahi said that Phase-II would focus on carrying forward the campaign through SHG members at the village level. Each member would vow that no girl below 18 years of age is subjected to sexual abuse.

Chief Secretary Padhi directed the authorities concerned to prepare the convergent action plan for integrated operation at various levels during the Phase-II campaign.

The meeting decided to continue the campaign for creating a safe and protective environment for the children between 0-18 years of age.

Chief Secretary further directed to conduct orientation camp for field level officers of Women & Child Development, Panchayati Raj, Labour & ESL, School & Mass Education, Sports & Youth Welfare, Culture and Law departments about the objectives and methods of operation of the campaign.

It was also decided to constitute a State Level Coordinating and Monitoring Committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, an Advisory Committee under the chairmanship of DGP and District-level Committee under the chairmanship or Collector for carrying forward the campaign.

The Chief Secretary also directed all concerned departments to designate a senior level officer as the nodal officer to the Advisory Committee.

It may be pertinent here to mention that ‘Paree Pain Katha Tiye’ is an initiative of Odisha Police launched in technical partnership with UNICEF.

During the 1st phase of the campaign, 15 Paree express went round all 30 districts of the State for 15 days.  The awareness vehicles covered 4,787 kms and conducted around 1400 community outreach programmes in different parts of the State.

Around 1.2 million people participated in the campaign through direct community outreach programmes and around 1.3 million people were connected through social media outreach. The campaign focused on preventing sexual abuse of the children and it received unprecedented appreciation and participation from the people.

It was also decided in the meeting that convergent action plan would be prepared involving different departments, agencies, and institutions developed under different Acts, Policies and Flagship programmes relating to child right, child protection, education, prohibition of child labour, rehabilitation of vulnerable children, integrated development of the child, prevention of child marriage and implementation of Juvenile Justice Act etc.

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