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IMPHAL, May 25: Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR) submitted a memorandum to National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NPCR) highlighting various issues related to children of Manipur who are the victims of HIV/AIDS, drugs, child trafficking and armed conflict etc.

The memorandum was submitted to a visiting team of NCPR to the State yesterday.

The representation complained that HIV infected/affected children are not getting free education at neighborhood schools under 25 percent scheme of the Government.

It also requested the NCPR to strongly recommend the State Government to install PCR testing facilities at public hospitals of the State to ensure early detection of HIV infection amongst the vulnerable children and easy availability of ART facilities to the CLHAs.

It also pleaded to direct the State Government to provide extra nutritional support to CLHAs under ICDS project.

The representation also informed the NCPR that heinous crimes against innocent children including child trafficking are increasing alarmingly in the State while culprits, in most cases, remain scot free.

It also urged to direct the Government to make the victims of child trafficking and orphans whose parents have been killed by security forces be eligible for Assist Scheme under National Foundation for Communal Harmony.

The memorandum pleaded the NCPR to ensure complete implementation of ICPS and regular fund flow to destitute children homes in the State by releasing the fund on quarterly basis.

With regards to disable children, MCPR urged to open community based rehabilitation services with provisions to education, health care and livelihood skills training.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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