Human chain alert for officials

Patna: District magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agarwal on Friday directed officials concerned to ensure timely preparation for the proposed human chain on January 21, for a campaign against child marriage and dowry.

During a meeting with block development officers , sub-divisional officers, child development programme officers, circle officers and other education department officials, Agarwal asked them to fix a target of people participating in the human chain. Around 10.5 lakh people had participated in last year's human chain in support of prohibition in Patna district. This year's target is 15 lakh people.

At Friday's meeting, Agarwal issued an order to at least chalk out the route of the human chain. "Last year the focus was on the main route but this time we have to make a sub-route as well," Agarwal said at the meeting. "Focus on each and every lane and bylane, as well as on rural areas. But more than target, our focus should be on ensuring people participate with joy and fervour."

Schoolchildren who are in Class V or below would not be allowed in the human chain while students from Class VI onwards can participate. Like last year, the central point of the chain would be Gandhi Maidan. Agarwal said the chain should be made in such way that districts can be interconnected where possible.

He asked the officials concerned to use sources like auxiliary nursing & midwife (ANM), Asha, Anganwadi and JeeVika workers and schoolteachers to popularise the event.

The DM accepted it would be a challenging task to motivate people to join the human chain. Last year, the human chain was held on a working day. Schools, government offices and private offices were open. "This year the human chain is being organised on a Sunday," Agarwal said. "We may have to face difficulties bringing people from their homes, as residents would like to stay back, mostly in urban areas. So we have to put in some extra effort."

In the coming days the district administration will hold a meeting with administrators of government as well as private schools. The Patna DM has asked sub-divisional officers to open a registration centre at their office for any organisaton or coaching institute wanting their students to participate in bulk.

The DM alsoissued order to education department, social welfare department and public relation officers to start an awareness campaign about the human chain, including through stickers on city buses.

The human chain will be formed from noon till 12.30pm across state. But people would start assembly from 11am.


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