Indian government issues guidelines for children impacted by CoronavirusJune 04, 2021 14:16
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The second wave of coronavirus impacted several children across the country and experts warned of the third wave that will impact children much. The Indian government issued special guidelines for the protection of children that are affected by coronavirus. Several responsibilities are given to the district magistrates, cops, state officials and Panchayat Raj institutions along with local bodies. Women and Child Development Ministry Secretary Ram Mohan Mishra wrote a letter to all the Chief Secretaries of the states and the union territories of the country. Ram Mohan Mishra said that the major responsibilities are assigned to all the duty holders to take care of the children during the pandemic.
The states will have to identify the children who are in distress and prepare a database with the profile of the child. The data should be uploaded on the Track Child portal. Temporary Child Care Institutions (CCIs) should be allocated by the states and trace out the children whose parents are not well and are impacted due to coronavirus. All the necessary support should be provided by them if there is no extended family or guardians to take care of the kid. The states should issue directions to the hospitals to get the contact of people in the admission form to contact them for the kids.
All the arrangements for isolation in CCIs should be made by the states told Ram Mohan Mishra. The children should be treated with utmost care and child psychologists or counselors should be available to interact with the children. A local helpline number should be launched by the states and experts should be available to advise or giving psychological care for children. Each district in the state should also arrange a departmental desk to monitor the happenings. All the cops and other officials should be alert to prevent child trafficking, child marriage, child labor, or illegal adoption. All the orphan children should be taken care of by the state governments and free education should be provided for them.
By Siva Kumar