The problems of children in villages have to be understood at the grass root level and solved so that they are nurtured and allowed to grow in a healthier society.

This was the message disseminated to the participants at the inauguration of Panchayat Level Convergence Committee (PLCC) in Veerapandi here recently.

P.V. Viswanathan, Project Officer, ICPP and Project Director for Society for Monitoring and Implementation of Child Labour Elimination (SMILE) told The Hindu that 260 PLCC have already been created in 12 panchayats in the district.

“Committees would be formed in the rest 124 panchayats in eight blocks by October 1,” he added.

Problems related to children would be discussed at the PLCCs and if certain issues cannot be sorted out they are taken to the Block Level Task Force (BLTF) that meets once in two months.

If issues related to fund requirements for constructing toilets for children cannot be sorted out in BLTF, it would be discussed at the District Level Task Force, headed by the District Collector.

P. Balamurugan, Child Protection Consultant, UNICEF said that ‘child friendly villages’ programme help to prioritise on issues pertaining to children as they are the key for nation’s growth.

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