JORHAT, Feb 23: The Jorhat deputy commissioner Pulak Dutta, on Thursday, apprised Gaon Panchayat secretaries about being designated as child marriage prohibition officers by the government and that they had a major role to play in preventing child marriages.
The DC was addressing a meeting held by the district administration jointly with police with Gaon Panchayat secretaries at the Conference Hall of DC’s office complex here on Thursday regarding prevention of child marriage.
A district administration official informed that in the meeting presided over by Jorhat deputy commissioner Pulak Mahant and attended by Jorhat SP Mohan Lal Meena along with Health Department officials, Mahanta stressed upon the cooperation of the GP secretaries to prevent child marriage.
The GPs were told that the government had designated GP secretaries as child marriage prohibition officers and had a major role to play in prevention of child marriage menace.
The deputy commissioner said that in each panchayat, a team of gaon panchayat secretary, gaon pradhan, ASHA and Anganwadi workers and VDP members would be constituted for the purpose of keeping a close watch on possible child marriages.
Mahanta also informed that every week in all revenue circle office of the meeting, a meeting would be held every week in which GP secretaries and police of the respective areas would attend and discuss child marriage prevention measures.
SP ML Meena in the meeting, gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding the legal provisions against those assisting and promoting child marriage.
Senior officials of the district administration along with police and Titabar sub-divisional senior officials and joint director health, Dr Shashidhar Phukan, attended the meeting.