IMPHAL, October 3: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh inaugurated a newly constructed Boys’ Children Home at Takyelpat Imphal today.
The home is being constructed under the Social Welfare department.
Speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function, the Chief Minister said NGOs have to work hand in hand with the government for the welfare of the deprived and physically handicapped children.
On the other hand, the concerned ministries want to take action against non-performing NGOs, he said.
Acknowledging proper construction of the Home inaugurated today, the Chief Minister also expressed happiness, according to a statement of the Chief Minister`s secretariat.
Lauding the proper maintenance of quality in the construction of the Home, he said if all projects are constructed in such proper manner, infrastructure in the State could be easily developed with the sanctioned funds despite the government facing financial constraint as ours is a small State.
Announcing that the State government will provide all necessary assistance to the department in developing infrastructure in the State, he also appealed to the concerned authorities to maintain proper quality in the construction of the similar Homes constructed in other districts including in the Hill districts.
Reacting to an appeal from one of the children of the Home to appoint a teacher for them, the Chief Minister drew the Education minister`s attention and instructed him to do the needful.
Education minister Moirangthem Okendro speaking as the guest of honour said a new Education Policy of the government will be introduced from 2016.
Under the policy, children from Anganwaddi centres will be admitted in class I in government schools for which it will be necessary for the Education and Social Welfare departments to collaborate, he said.
On the appeal for appointment of teachers for the inaugurated Children Home, the minister said he will try to appoint two to five teachers under the SSA on shift system.
Speaking as the president of the function, Social Welfare minister Ak Mirabai said plans are afoot to construct a similar Children Home for the girls soon.
She said the Home inaugurated today has a capacity of 50 children.
At present there are 20 Children Homes in the State run by NGOs, and six similar Homes like the one inaugurated today are under construction at Chandel, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Jiribam, Senapati and Saitu Gamphazol.
In his key note address, Social Welfare principal secretary SK Devburman said although the full capacity of the Home is 50 at present there are only 15 children.
During the program, gifts were also handed over to the children housed at the Home and the Observation Home.