The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) has identified as many as 133 children, between 4-14 years of age, who are not enrolled in schools in Panchkula and directed the District Education Officer (DEO) to admit the children in schools within 5 days.
The survey was conducted as part of Child Friendly Legal Services to Children and their Protection Scheme, 2015, launched by National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
“The survey was conducted on September 10 when our volunteers went to selected areas to identify the non-schooling children between 6-14 years. We have earmarked the areas and the survey would be conducted across Panchkula, area-wise. The aim is to ensure maximum enrollment of children in schools,” said Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Chairman, DLSA, Nidhi Bansal. A team of para-legal volunteers were selected by the DLSA, Panchkula who visited selected areas and collected details about the children. Areas in Sector14, Sector 20, Sector 28, Sector 26, Beer Ghaggar, Rajiv Colony and Indira Colony were covered in the first phase and as many as 133 children were identified. All the children belong to economically weaker sections.
“We have sent a letter to the district education officer in Panchkula directing him to constitute a team and admit the children in schools within five days,”added Bansal.