Guwahati, Aug. 5: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi today emphasised the need for a comprehensive joint action plan, in association with other states of the Northeast, to combat crimes like human trafficking, child labour, crimes against women and narcotics smuggling.
To keep track of persons recruited from outside the state, Gogoi felt there was an imperative need to regulate placement agencies.
“We must get information about the persons recruited by placement agencies along with their places of postings. While we are marching ahead on the path of economic development, we have to remember that society cannot march ahead without taking women and children along.”
Gogoi was speaking at the annual review meeting on Vision Document for Women and Children 2016 with ministers and senior officials at the secretariat here.
“There is the need to synergise and co-ordinate efforts of all the departments to achieve the desired goals by 2016,” he said, asking the departments to accelerate the pace of implementation of women and children-related schemes and programmes.
He underscored the need for concerted efforts to bring down the infant mortality rate, maternal mortality rate, anaemia, malnourishment and improvement in the child-sex ratio.
“A mapping exercise has to be carried out, identifying the areas lagging behind in health parameters to get a more realistic picture,” he added.
The chief minister stre-ssed the need to reduce school dropouts.
“School dropout (rate) is an area of serious concern. This calls for special measures. For this purpose a ministerial committee will be constituted to conduct a block-wise survey on bringing down the dropout rate, especially at the secondary stage.”
The major goals set by the vision document are reducing infant mortality rate to 38 per 1,000 live births, reducing maternal mortality to 210 per one lakh live births, reducing total fertility to 2.1 per cent. Improving child-sex ratio by 30 points to 987, reducing anaemia among children by 45 per cent and achieving 100 per cent enrolment of girls up to Class VIII are also stressed upon.
It also aims to bring child labourers into the educational mainstream, create women’s cells in every police station, provide sanitary toilets and safe drinking water to all rural habitations and reduce stamp and registration charges.
“With this vision document, we have fixed quantitative targets for development of women and children. We have to gear up fully to meet those targets,” Gogoi said, adding, “We will provide incentives to officers for putting up good performances.”
He said though the state had shown progress in reducing mortality among women and infants and providing greater empowerment opportunities, a lot more remained to be achieved.
The document also seeks to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in all skill development programmes, besides curbing child labour and trafficking of women. The report of the state-level committee constituted for improving the health of women and children was handed over to Gogoi during the review meeting.