MHRC direction to ensure food security of children during Covid-19 pandemic

TMB Report

IMPHAL: The Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR) has stated that it is very grateful to the Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) for passing a landmark directive upon a complaint case (MHRC Case No. 41 of 2020) filed by MACR.

In a press release MACR said that the commission in its directives passed on Monday ordered the concerned authorities of State’s Social Welfare Department and Education Department/SSA to provide the entitled food grains along with sanitary items to the children, who were enrolled as beneficiaries of national flagship schemes such as ICPS, ICDS and midday meal schemes, so that children do not suffer any food crisis during the ongoing 21 days nationwide lockdown placed in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Keisam Pradipkumar, Executive Member of MACR, had filed a complaint case to MHRC on behalf of the alliance, drawing the immediate attention of the state’s human rights body to intervene in the miserable conditions of many children as a result of the ongoing nationwide lockdown. The Directives of MHRC covers all the children who are living in different Child Care Institutions (children’s home, shelter homes, observation and special homes, place of safety, State Adoption Centres) under ICPS scheme, all the young children who are entitled to “Ready to Eat” food items under ICDS scheme, and children of government and aided schools across the state, who are entitled to get Midday Meal provision. The petitioner also requested to provide the entitled food grains to the children on home delivery system, said the press release of MACR.

The acting chairperson of MHRC Khaidem Mani has given three week times to the heads of concerned departments to submit the action taken reports to the commission.

The MACR appealed to all concerned, to cover every child living in a family, while distributing rice or other food items during the Covid-19 pandemic, and not to exclude on the inexplicable matter that he/she is not enrolled in the voters’ list, stated the press release issued by convenor Montu Ahanthem.

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