Delhi

Homeless children seek CM’s help with charter of demands

Homeless children with their letter for Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Photo: Special Arrangement

Homeless children with their letter for Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Photo: Special Arrangement  

“We want to be counted”: this is the simple demand that homeless children have put forward to the new Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal.

The children, who are part of Childhood Enhancement through Training and Action (CHETNA), an NGO, watched the Chief Minister taking oath and even managed to congratulate him through a letter sent via fax last week.

In their letter, the children have shared their problems and dreams, and requested Mr. Kejriwal to add to his agendas issues faced by them.

Sixteen-year-old Chandni, national secretary of Badhte Kadam (children’s wing of CHETNA), said, “We had earlier sent a letter to Mr. Kejriwal on December 28, 2013, to apprise him of the problems faced by us, but due to the short tenure, he was not able to address our issues. This time I and other members of Badhte Kadam are hopeful that he will successfully carry out his tenure as the leader and address our issues.”

They have demanded that the government ensure legal identity to homeless children, implement all government schemes for underprivileged children, give them an opportunity to participate in children-related government meetings, and take action against all those involved in child labour.

Fourteen-year-old Jyoti, an office-bearer of Badhte Kadam, said, “We have put forth our five demands before the new government . We have great expectations from the new Chief Minister .’’

Vikas (16), State secretary of Badhte Kadam, said, “He rose from being a common man to becoming the Chief Minister ; this shows the power of the masses; and we believe that this leader of the common people will give us an opportunity to meet him and through the letter we have expressed this desire.”

“ I hope this government will take up the issues of children on priority basis,” said CHETNA director Sanjay Gupta.

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