Staff Reporter

Setting up of more nutrition centres favoured

No clarity on children enrolled and to be enrolled, says team member

Team has review meet with district Collector

KHAMMAM: An expert team from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) which visited the district on Thursday called for a more serious approach in caring for the children of Gothikoyas, the migrant tribe from the trouble-torn Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.

The team headed by Dipika Dikshit wanted the pain and trauma being undergone by the children of the displaced tribe to be viewed with due consideration and sympathy irrespective of the affiliation of their families to naxalite groups.

‘Children are no Maoists’ and they should be treated as children, said a member of the expert team.

The team, which had a review of the status of the Gothikoya children with District Collector V. Usharani and other district officials, stressed the need for immediate mapping of the settlements of the migrant tribe in the district with a full-fledged enumeration of the children in need of assistance. There has been no clarity on the number of the Gothikoya children enrolled and yet to be enrolled.

The administration and the non- governmental organization would be successful in reaching out to the children by working together with coordination, the team said.

Survey report

Quoting a survey report of an NGO, a member of the team said that some 27 per cent of the children in the Gothikoya habitations were malnourished.

Swamy Narayan, consultant and Venkat Reddy, convenor of the NCPCR, were part of the expert team.