Rayagada: The administration has honored 11 teenagers who have returned to school with the intention of fighting against child marriage and standing on their own two feet. On the occasion of International Girls’ Day, District Magistrate Saroj Kumar Mishra congratulated the brave teenagers and suggested that in the digital age, every teenager should strengthen himself and move forward. District Commissioner Mishra was the chief guest at the International Girls’ Day conference held at the District Rural Development Agency’s conference room to discuss this year’s theme, Digital Generation, Awareness Generation. District Social Welfare Officer Yajnaseni Behera said the girls had to come forward with their own skills.
Many of the girls in our area have held various administrative positions. The teenagers came forward and said that the girl child was not a burden to the family and she had to prove it. The District Legal Services Authority has the District Legal Services Authority for legal assistance. He encouraged ordinary people as well to take part in solving this great task: “One of the things you and other people can do is keep up the pressure … there are going to be some difficult decisions for government”. Deputy District Magistrate Pratap Chandra Pradhan cited the success of many girls. Maheshwar Nayak, project director of the Rural Development Agency, said every girl needs to be taken care of. District Superintendent of Police Vivekananda Sharma said there was a women’s and children’s desk at each police station to hear the girl’s grievances and that everyone could file their grievances by dialing 112. The CDPOs were briefed on the Odisha Livelihood Mission in their block to include over-the-counter youth training programs.
ICDS Program Officer Kamakshi Manjari Padhi briefed on the steps taken in the Adwika program. Ramesh Chandra Nayak, District Child Protection Officer, said the district administration had set a date for the hearing and resolution of child problems on the 26th of each month at the panchayat, block and district levels. Raj Kishore Sahu, chairman of the Shishu Mangal Samiti, was present. The district administration honored 11 teenagers who went to school again and returned to school after reporting to Childline about their child’s marriage. Similarly, three Anganwadi workers who successfully completed the Advika program at the Anganwadi Center on Saturday were also felicitated. Ratneshwar Sahu, District Counsel for the Prohibition of Child Marriage on behalf of Action Aid, coordinated the program.
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