IFP Bureau | IMPHAL
Manipur Deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh on Thursday said, children nowadays have lost the awareness about the beauty of nature and its importance.
He was speaking at the state level Children’s Day celebration observed today at Tribal Research Institute hall, Chingmeirong, Imphal.
The day is being observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who was the first prime minister of India. Joykumar further said children are the hope of the society and the future. Parents need to nurture them cautiously, he added.
“Every child is born free and they should equally be treated by providing them access to their rights irrespective of caste or creed. They should be made aware of the importance of nature to human lives and the need to learn about how to preserve it for a peaceful co-existence and harmonious living,” he added.
Among the children, some of them face issues with disability and mental problems, he said. There are also orphans and others in the society, he further said adding these children need to be treated with care and affection by giving proper attention from time to time. Special schemes for the welfare of children should be introduced in order to provide education, healthcare and other advantages, said Joykumar.
Social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen said many cases of exploitation, harassment, sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination have occurred with children in the State. Those children need special attention, she stated. Using of drugs among children has also become a big challenge to deal with and parents need extra effort and care for the children to prevent them from drug abuse, she added.
She also stressed on the need for children to cooperate with parents and guardians by following the moral lessons. If children are punctual and loyal to parents, guardians and elders, success will soon follow in their lives.
Students from different schools and children homes, parents and teachers also took part in the celebration. Children demonstrated various performances during the observation.