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Need to protect children from drugs, alcohol: Governor

Panaji: Governor Satya Pal Malik, in his Children’s Day message has expressed a need to protect children from drugs, sex, alcohol, hard labour, abuse and violence.

Raising serious concerns over these issues, the new Governor has appealed to the public to work towards ending child abuse.

The Governor, through his Children’s Day message further speaks about protection of children from the negative impact of urbanisation, industrialisation, commercialisation and materialism.

“Today children are thrown open to evils of drug, sex, alcohol, hard labour, abuse and violence,” Malik states, pointing out that thousands of little children in our country are made to slog for long hours.

“Many are yet to see the light of modern education,” he adds, maintaining that, therefore, it is an occasion to put an end to various forms of child abuse that are taking place on our land.

Observing that childhood is all about innocence, playfulness, joy and freedom, the Governor mentions, “The true meaning of celebrating Children’s Day is about giving children the right to enjoy and grow into healthy and educated citizens of the country.”

“The celebration of Children’s Day teaches us several important values. It is a call to protect our little ones from all harm and to save them from the negative impact of urbanisation, industrialisation, commercialisation and materialism,” the message reads.

“We all need to remember the words of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru: Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow. I once again wish all the children a very happy Children’s Day and convey my blessings,” the Governor concludes.

Children’s Day is celebrated every year in the country on November 14, as a tribute to India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

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