Children’s Day is celebrated across India to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of children. It is celebrated on 14 November every year on the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru also called ‘Chacha Nehru’. Nehru is often cited as saying that children should always be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow. On this day, many educational and motivational programs are held across India, by and for children.
Children Day is also being celebrated with gaiety across the state. Department of Social Welfare, Govt of Manipur has organised the State Level Childrens’ day Celebration at Tribal Research Institute Auditorium located at Chingmeirong.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister N. Biren appealed to all the parents to nurture their children with love and care and not to give any sort of pressures and burden. He further said “It is a must that every child should be made socially developed by knowing the environment. With this aim to bring children out from the suffocated corners of their houses and to make them breathe and live within the fresh surrounding environment, Govt of Manipur is planning to establish a park especially for the children”. He further said that the govt is also planning to install a toy train in the Children Park located at Takyel.
The chief minister N. Biren also said, “The number of orphans and widows have been increasing day by day due to increase of drug users in the state. Finding the root cause of such unwanted issues in the state and solving them is a must”. CM further appealed the public not to upload any unwanted videos and photos in social media that can cause fear to children.
In her speech, Minister of Social Welfare, Nemcha Kipgen our children should be nurtured with care and bring them to the right path to become perfect persons. She further said, the various child protection acts should be followed by us. She appealed to the people to extend their support to implement the acts for the welfare of children.
Chairperson of Manipur State Commission fort protection of Child Rights, Sumatibala, Principal Secretary of Department of Health and Family Welfare, V Vumlunmang and many students participated in the Celebration. As part of the state level Childrens’ Day Celebration, different entertainment programs were also showcased by the children.