Kohima, July 4: Minister for social security and welfare Kiyanilie Peseyie today inaugurated an observation home, run by the State Child Protection Society at Peren town in the district.
He said the state government established the observation home at Peren in the first phase under the integrated child development scheme (ICDS) programme of the department of social welfare.
There are eight observation homes in Nagaland, out of which six are run by the government, including the Peren observation home, and two by NGOs.
The programme was introduced in Nagaland in 2009 with an objective to safeguard the rights of children living in vulnerable conditions. One of the categories includes children in need of care and protection and the other includes children in conflict with the law.
“The state government is empowered to establish and maintain observation homes either by itself or under an agreement with voluntary organisations under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000, in every district.”
“Most children in Nagaland are in conflict with the law by committing petty crimes like theft, beggary, alcohol abuse and also murder and rape. Children are even forced into crime by adults and these children cannot be tried under the law like adults and they are then kept in these observation homes,” the minister said.
Peseyie requested the people of Peren district to co-operate and support the government so that the aim and objective of this observation home in particular and the programme in general can be fully achieved.
Bei-u Angami, chairman of the Society and secretary of the social welfare department, exhorted the observation home staff to work better and said the department is vital to the district and that its failure or success is directly linked to the will of people. District officials and NGOs attended the programme.