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UNCRC Completes 25 years but Modern day Slavery: Child Labour continues

Hyderabad, Dec. 20: A group of NGO’s called Network for Protection of Child Rights (NPCR) was formed about 6years ago in twin cities. This year all the members unanimously decided to organized a meeting on the occasion of completing 25 years of United Nation’s Child Right Convention UNCRC (1989 November 20th ). It was organized on 19th December 2014 at Sundaraiah Vignan Bhvan, Hyderabad. We had as our Chief Guest Mr. Laxman Rao, Retd. Judge of High Court of Ahamedabad. 

The meeting was planned to recollect and to review the success and failures or gaps in the process of implementing UNCRC. In this connection, the members of NPCR i.e. ASRITHA, APSA, Amanvedika, Balatejassu, APMWS, Ashray, Don Bosco Navajeevan, M V Foundation, SATHI etc had a few planning meetings and decided to organize a meeting so that to create awareness through Media, Organizations, individuals, stake holders etc.


Other than Chief Guest we had other guests who were present on the dais were, Prof. Sri. Thirupathi Rao, Ex. Vice Chancellor of Osmania University, Hyderabad, Sri. Syamsundar Reddy, Asst. Commissioner, Dept. of Labour Smt. Sumitra, Member SCPCR, Sri. Venkat Reddy, Diector of MV Foundation, Sri. Srinivasa Reddy, Director, APSA and Fr. Sudhakar, Director, DBNJ.


 Programme started with a song and introduction about UNCRC and importance of the day. There were more than 120 participants including children and staff of different organizations. The organizers distributed a concept note on UNCRC and about the present situation to all the participants. Sri. Venkat Reddy, Director, MV Foundation was asked to preside over the programme and he gave a glimpse of what is UNCRC and it’s significant from his own experience and he said that Child Labour is the Modern Day Slavery and explained with examples. All the speakers were expertise in their field and spoke their own experience and gaps from Government as well as from the society. Smt. Sumitra spoke about the gaps and failures in CWC’s, DCPU’s and Dept. of Women and child welfare itself. Fr. Sudhakar was specific on the topic and precise especially on the art 12 of the UNCRC “I have a Right to be heard”. Mr. Laxman Rao, Former Judge of Ahmedabad High Court, boldly spoke about the failure of the government in protecting the Child Rights and call on to the NGO’s especially working for the children to bring pressure on the government bodies without any discouragement. He also suggested to the organizers to have such meeting quite often.


Sri. Srinivas Reddy, Director APSA felt the need of action plan for the coming years and requested all the stakeholders to come forward and to cooperate. As he stated, the other guests also felt the need of action plan and asked the NGOs to be active and to be confident enough to fight for the good cause.