‘Panchayat Sangwari’ network launched to promote child rights in gram panchayats of Chhattisgarh.

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Bastar. An innovative state-wide youth network to promote child rights and make gram panchayats child-friendly in Chhattisgarh was launched in Bastar by CG-PANCH, a network of 5,000 sarpanches in the state. CG-PANCH network of sarpanches has selected 2-3 youth sangwari in each gram panchayat, who will be trained by UNICEF. Sangwaris will assist sarpanches in making villages child-friendly and conducting bal sabhas and Mahila sabhas. They will also assist the sarpanches in collecting information, monitoring programs, and conducting review meetings on child-related programs. Welcoming the initiative of CG-PANCH, Job Zachariah, Chief of UNICEF in Chhattisgarh, said “The initiative will bring new ideas and promote the involvement of youth, children and women in panchayat development”.

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Bal Paritosh Dash, Social Policy Specialist of UNICEF suggested that CG-PANCH could nominate more volunteers to create a cadre of 25,000 youth volunteers in the state. Around 100 Sarpanches and sangwari nominated by them were present at the launch of the Panchayat.


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