by Sr. Jacinta Pinto
ANDHERI-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 1, 2014: It was a great venture for Don Bosco Balprafulta (DBBP), to initiate the process of forming 'A Child Protection Committee' at CST. The first meeting was held on August 22, 2014 at 3.00 p.m at the Senior Station Manager's Office. This first meeting was well attended by the following members: Senior Station Manager Mr L .K Raniyewale , Mr. Vinayak Diwale,Station Manager, Baliram Saroj SSE, Sunita Dhokane GRP Baban Koyle GRP , Vishnu Parab Senior T.C, Brijesh Kumar, RPF police Inspector Dinesh Nair.
The purpose of this committee was: to understand the issues and concerns of children on railway platforms and interact with Government and Non-Government stakeholders, to maintain children's record referred by voluntary organizations or competent authority by RPF and GRP, to formulate recommendations for 'Safeguarding the Rights of Children at Railway Platforms', to create awareness of Child Rights among travelling public – symbolic hoardings at and around railway premises and to set up 'Child Assistance Booth' at all the major stations and terminals for assisting children who are lost or abandoned or are in need of help. The meeting was a success and they hoped to go forward to activate the committee for the assistance of all children lost and abandoned or in need of help.