The CHILDLINE 1098 service has been growing leaps and bounds over the years with presence in over 300 cities across India. Reaching out to millions of children in every town, district and city thus becomes a daunting task as we grow further. Enabling us to perform our tasks of rescue and rehabilitation are the CHILDLINE rescue vans which help us to get to a child in time. As a complimentary tool to the 1098 service, Tata Communications tied up with CHILDLINE to provide a vehicle that was available to the CHILDLINE team whenever they needed to undertake a rescue, whenever a child needed to be rushed to the hospital or if outreach programmes needed to be conducted in public spaces. Recently 2 such rescue vans were launched in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh and Nagaon, Assam
SRIKAKULAM, ANDHRA PRADESH
The rescue van was launched on 26th Jaunary, 2015 during the Republic Day Parade by Dr. P. Lakshminarasimha, IAS, District Collector in the presence of Sri Vivek Yadav, IAS, Joint Collector, Sri.A.S.Khan, IPS, Superintendent of Police, Sri P. Rajini Kantha Rao, Additional Joint Collector, Srikakulam. To commemorate this special day, a CHILDLINE Srikakulam put up a CHILDLINE stall to spread awareness about 1098 among general public.
Around 10,000 people including children from various schools were present for this event and received valuable information regarding CHILDLINE. The inauguration of the rescue van was celebrated with a rally. The District Collector along with other dignitaries visited the CHILDLINE stall and interacted with the team. All the District Officers of line departments assured their best support to CHILDLINE and congratulated the team on introducing the rescue van which will assist in creating a safe environment for children.
Smt. Monalisa Goswami, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Nagaon flagged off the CHILDLINE van at Nagaon Court Campus. In her inaugural speech she thanked CHILDLINE Nagaon for the reaching to children in distress and helping children in difficult circumstances. She also urged the community to extend their complete cooperation and to call 1098 if they see a child in need.
Smt. Goswami also assured constant support from the District Administration in CHILDLINE’s initiatives including case interventions. Shri. Chidananda Nath, Chairman, Child Welfare Committee (CWC) along with the Superintendent of the State Children Home, Joint Director of Health Services, Divisional Programme Officer under ICDS Cell, Inspector of Schools, Assistant Labour Commissioner, a few advocates from the Nagaon Bar Association and few social workers were present. The event concluded with a vote of thanks from the CHILDLINE team.