‘Migration of children must end’
Pioneer News Service | Balangir
With 40,000 children migrating every year from this district to other States, along with their parents in search of livelihood and their inhuman living condition, came up in the two-day Balangir Zilla Lok Sammelan held on December 19 and 20 at Arjunpur, 25 km from here. Civil society organisations have to put in their efforts to end it, said regional manager Action Aid Amar Jyoti Nayak at the Sammelan.
Expressing concern over the death of five members of the Jhinto Bariha family due to malnutrition and starvation, Nayak called upon the civil society organisations to introspect and gear up to prevent such incidents in future. He also stressed the need to strengthening the people’s organisations.
Eminent leader Prafulla Samantaray expressed concern over the farmer suicides in the State. He said that people should question their representatives on the steps taken for improvement of the farmers’ condition.
Journalist Sapan Bohidar spoke on food security and the functioning of Public Distribution System in Khaprakhol block, while Pradeep Sahu spoke on Forest Rights Act 2006 and the land rights of the tribals. Among others Brahamananda Sahu, Nandikishore Sandh, convener of Samuhik Marudi Pratikar Udyam Balangir Bhajaram Sahu and Udayasingh Tahkur spoke on various issues.
Earlier, on the inaugural day State Women’s Commission Chairperson Jyoti Panigrahi stressed on women literacy and their empowerment.
The two-day Lok Sammelan adopted a six point resolution on transparency in NREGA, land for the landless, strengthening the PDS system, putting an end to child labour, legal protection to the migrant labour and strengthening Lok Sanghathan. President of Balangir Zilla lok Sangathan Teva Sagaria presided over the meeting and Saroj Barik coordinated the function.