Gyalshing, 5 August(IPR): A day-long sensitisation cum awareness programme on scheduled caste and scheduled tribe(Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989)was organised by the Social Welfare Department, Welfare Division Gyalshing at Darap-Nambu Gram Prashashan Kendra today.
The programme had the presence of Smt. San Kr. Limboo, Panchayat President(Darap-Nambu GPU) was the chief guest accompanied by Shri. Hemant Limboo, Vice-presidet(Darap-Nambu GPU), Shri. Bhushan Subba, Sr. Welfare Officer (Gyalshing), Shri. Silash Tammang (SHO Gyalshing), Smt. Bishnu Maya Kalikotay, SC wing President(Yangthang constituency) Panchayat members, officials, local gentry and students at large.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief guest of the day, expressed her appreciation and gratitude towards the Welfare department for conducting such an informative and beneficial programme on behalf of the Darap-Nambu GPK. Emphasising a certain upsurge of cybercrime, she requested the public to stay vigilant while handling social media platforms. She requested all the students to be careful while being active on the internet world which could be a trap for crimes like human and organ trafficking. She also urged the gathering to take all the information and advice seriously and disseminate it widely in their respective villages.
While deliberating the welcome address, the Senior Welfare Officer informed about the works of the welfare division Gyalshing which mainly focuses on providing economic and social upliftment to the communities under scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.
He also informed that such awareness programmes are being organised in different areas under Gyalshing district and requested the gathering, especially the young generations to be aware of such laws and acts under atrocities which is an integral part of developing our society.
Subsequently, SHO Gyalshing sensitized the gathering about the Sikkim Anti Drugs Act (SADA) which came into effect in 2006 and its importance in making a drug-free society. He gave awareness to the youths about the use of drugs and their consequences in life by citing different examples from his work experience. He also informed the gathering about the recent uprising cases of cyber crimes in the district and requested to be aware of such a menace. He also highlighted the keynotes on the Protection of Children from the Sexual Offence Act(POCSO).
In keeping with the theme of the programme, he said that the SC/ST (prevention of atrocities)Act 1989 curves and removes the injustices faced by this section of society. He highlighted the detailed information and
sub-section under the prevention of atrocities acts and how it protects the rights of scheduled caste and scheduled tribe communities.
The resource person of the day, Advocate Bikalp Karki while addressing, gave information about the free legal aid facilities which can be availed by the different sections of society. In brief, he highlighted the background of the atrocities act since its inception. He interacted with the students by asking basic questions related to the acts. “Atrocity is “an expression commonly used to refer to crimes against Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in India”, he explained. He informed, that this act implies when any offence under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) is committed against SCs by non-SC persons, or against STs by non-ST persons. He informed the gathering about how and under what conditions the victim can avail of his/her right under this act. He also drew light upon domestic violence and certain rises in the cases during the lockdown. He highlighted the types of violence that come under domestic violence and the law that protects it.
In conclusion, Shri. Khushendra Gurung (welfare official) gave information on National and State Scholarship Schemes which can be availed from the welfare division, Gyalshing or directly from the website itself. The house was left open for an interaction session with the resource persons and the official for any further information/queries.