Parents teachers should work together to promote children's rights Sonowal

    Guwahati, Nov 21 (PTI) For the protection of children
and to secure their future against exploitation, parents,
teachers and all other stakeholders together should work to
advocate and promote their rights, Assam Chief Minister
Sarbananda Sonowal said on Saturday.
    Interacting with a delegation of children and
officials under the banner of UNICEF, the chief minister
exhorted the need for dialogues and translating them into
actions for building a better world for children where they
will be free from violence.
    Sonowal asked the children to imbibe healthy habits,
practise health and hygiene and respect the elders.
    Securing the future of children is the responsibility
of the government, Sonowal said, adding that efforts have been
made to see that every child is protected from violence and
they have access to affordable healthcare and nutritious food
in the state.
    Replying to questions from the children, he said that
he would take initiatives to provide quality and affordable
education to all children, especially to those in vulnerable
circumstances.
    To another query, Sonowal said that the state
government took steps for setting up more than 100 high
schools in tea garden areas.
    He also said steps would also be taken for providing
scholarships to the specially-abled students.
    Chief Minister Sonowal thanked the UNICEF, Assam
functionaries for their dedicated role in championing the
rights of the children.
    The delegation of UNICEF officials and children as a
part of the World Children's Day celebrations on Friday,
November 20, met Sonowal on Saturday and presented him the
children's manifesto on translating children's rights in a
post-pandemic world.
    Sonowal presented signed copies of Prime Minister
Narendra Modis book Exam Warriors to the children and
wished them all luck in their future. PTI ESB SBN
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