Thursday, 29 March 2018 | PNS | Pauri-
The Uttarakhand Commission for Protection of Child Rights (UCPCR) chairperson Yogendra Khanduri sounded concerned over what he termed the abysmal condition of education, particularly in the mountains of Uttarakhand, while chairing a meeting of the commission in Pauri on Wednesday. He said that the yawning gap between the level of education in the plains and the mountainous areas pained him a great deal. “Can one imagine that over 26 percent of the children of the state do not know where the capital of India is? This is what has been revealed by the data provided by NCERT,” he said.
Khanduri said that the educational gulf between the rural and the urban areas of the state, meaning the mountains and the plains, needs to be narrowed down. “It is amazing that the children studying in Class V can neither write nor speak in their regional languages,” he said. He further said that the medical facilities are scarce in the hills of the state which is telling upon the health of the children. “Besides, a large percentage of the children here are afflicted with malnutrition. Things in Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarkashi and Chamoli districts are pretty bad,” he added.
He also expressed concern over Uttarakhand topping the list of 12 Himalayan states in terms of crimes against children. “Here child begging, child labour and child marriages are going on unabated,” he said.
District magistrate Sushil Kumar, who was present at the meeting, stressed on all the departments rising up to the challenge of the children welfare. He, in particular, named departments like education, health, police and ICDS for taking concrete action to ensure all-round development of the children. Among others present at the meeting were a commission member Vachaspati Semwal, chief development officer Ravneet Chima and CMO Dr R S Rana.
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