CCL has conducted eight capacity building workshops for members of Vigilance Committees, Bala Vikasa Samitis, Panchayat Raj Institutions and School Development and Monitoring Committees on the National Food Security Act, 2013 and their roles and responsibilities for the implementation of the Act. These programmes have been conducted in Ramanagara and Vijayapura districts in Karnataka.
The actions taken by the Departments of Food and Civil Supplies; Women and Child Development; Rural Development and Panchayat Raj & School Education and Literacy for the implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013 were discussed in detail. The various committees which have been established and which are functional were also looked into. The problems and issues faced while implementing the act were identified and possible solutions were discussed.
The schemes and programmes available through the service delivery systems of anganwadi centres, schools and fair price shops; the status of their implementation and actions taken by the members of these committees when a problem arises were deliberated upon. The methodology adopted in all these workshops was lectures, discussions and deliberations.
Centre for Child and the Law organised a Capacity Building and Sensitivity Training for the Special Juvenile Police Unit officers of South-East Bengaluru. The event was organised in collaboration with the Association for the Promotion of Social Action (APSA) and the Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO). Around 39 officers from 13 police stations in Madiwala zone attended the training.
The event opened with the watering of a plant and addresses by the Chief Guests Mr. K C Lakshminarayana, ACP, Madiwala; Mrs. Sheila Devaraj, Director, APSA; and Dr. Nigam Nuggehalli, Registrar, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. This was followed by the first session by Mr. Biju Thomas, Superintendent, ECHO Special Home on ‘Awareness on Principles of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children), Act 2015’. Mr. Thomas gave an excellent and detailed introduction to the basics of the law tailored to the specific needs of SJPU Officers. The second session was by Ms. Nagamani C N, Child Rights Trust on awareness on child rights. Ms. Nagamani focused her session on anti-child marriages and the role of the police in preventing child marriage.
Post lunch, the penultimate session was conducted by Dr. Kalpana Purushottaman, child psychologist and Member, Principal Juvenile Justice Board, Bengaluru Urban. Dr. Purushottaman led an extremely engaging session on understanding the background and psychology of children in conflict with the law, in order to sensitize the officers on how to deal with them in a compassionate and child-friendly manner. The event ended with a closing session by Mr. Chetan of Sampradaya Trust, where every participant took a pledge about one action that they would personally take after undergoing the day’s training.