Raipur: Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel has expressed concern over various forms of addictions, including smart phone addiction, among children saying that continuous efforts are required to keep children engaged in sports and entertainment to keep them away from these issues.
All of these addictions, including drug addiction, are robbing them of their childhood experiences. New lifestyle often comes with the facilities which, if misused, can lead to dangerous consequences. One such facility is mobile phones, he said while addressing the one-day workshop organized on the occasion of foundation day of Chhattisgarh State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights on Friday.
The chief minister said it is the responsibility of the elders to create a healthy environment for children and lead by example. He also launched the new website of the commission and released brochures and ‘Laika Mann Ke Goth‘pamphlet to create mass awareness about ill-effects of drugs. He also presented citations to talented children for their distinguished achievements in various fields.
“During the pandemic, children could not go out of the house, and that lead them towards mobile addiction. It adversely affected their mental health. Parents need to engage them in entertaining activities that keeps them physically and mentally healthy. Inspire them to play and spend quality time with them, ”he said.
School education minister prem sai singh Tekam said that formal education is being imparted in schools, with the objective to keep children away from drugs. State Government is taking every possible step to ensure that there are no drug shops near the schools. However, the problem of drug addiction among children is still persistent. Support of social welfare and voluntary institutions is required to tackle this problem. Counseling, camps and audio-visual media should be used to sensitize children about the harmful effects of drugs, he added.
Chairperson of the commission, Tej Kunwar Netamexplained in detail the steps taken by the commission for the protection of children.