Children worst sufferers of turmoil: Omar Abdullah

‘Drug Abuse Dangerous Than Militancy’

SUHAL AJMAL

Sumbal (Bandipora), Nov 14: Chief Minster Omer Abdullah Wednesday said while the past more than 20 years of turmoil affected every sphere of the society, the children were its worst sufferers as they were forced to live in an atmosphere of fear.
Speaking at a function organized by National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) here to observe National Children’s Day, the Chief Minister said, due to more than two-decade long turmoil not only state’s development was hit but its social fabric got bruised and especially the children were forced to live in an atmosphere of fear.
Asserting that the government has brought substantial improvement in the situation, Omar said; “We are making every effort to ensure all round development of the children, but much more needs to done.”
Describing drug-abuse as the worst enemy of the civilization which he said is dangerous than militancy, Chief Minister, appealed all sections of the society to work together to save children from illicit use of drugs.
“It is being observed that notorious elements induce drug addiction in children”, he said and called for united approach to fight the drug addiction. He said religious, political, social and non-governmental organizations should jointly work to eradicate this evil and save the future of the state from falling prey to the designs of unscrupulous elements.
Omar said while government has enhanced its vigil over the misuse of drugs and measures have been taken to rehabilitate and reform the drug addicts, “it is also the duty of the people to positively extend their support in this regard”.
Stating that education is of key importance to nurture and develop children and upgrade their skills to become responsible citizens, the Chief Minister said that his government has put this aspect under focus and educational facilities are being universalized across the State. “We are improving infrastructure in schools and making atmosphere conducive and attractive for children”, he said maintaining that the emphases is on increasing the ratio of girl child in schools.
“We are also working to reduce the drop out percentage and persuade the patents to send back their children to schools so that they are able to complete the education”, he said adding that present age is the age of competition and merit holds key to success. Omar Abdullah said that his government is also concentrating on ensuring and protecting child rights, and is working jointly with the NCPCR in this regard. He said that various Central and State sponsored schemes are being implemented in the State to protect child rights and help their holistic development.
The function was also addressed by Speaker Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Minister for Social Welfare, Sakina Itoo and Chairman NCPCR, Dr Shanti Sinha.

PEOPLE, MEDIA NOT ALLOWED ENTRY
Enraged over what they called the partisan attitude of the district administration towards the media and public, people who reached the spot to listen Chief Mister complained that they were not allowed to enter the venue.
Only some local cable operators were allowed to cover the event while the reporters working for various news agencies and newspapers were barred from entering the venue, a group of media men told Greater Kashmir.
“District administration didn’t allow most of the people to participate in the function,” said a local Ghulam Hassan Dar, adding “they (officers) allowed selective citizens and political workers in the function but the commoners were not allowed”.
Meanwhile an officer on duty told Greater Kashmir that the function was official one and they were instructed by the authorities not to allow any commoners or mediamen inside the venue.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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