Of the 101 candidates who will be contesting in the MCD elections, 78 have signed a pledge demanding protection of child rights.
Bachpan Bachao Andolan, an NGO working for the welfare of children, had launched a campaign last month asking candidates to sign a manifesto, which demanded elimination of child labour (especially in households), ensuring the implementation of RTE Act, protection of children, and other things.
As a part of the campaign, contesting candidates were approached to sign a child-friendly manifesto. While many councillors have supported the idea, 23 refused to take the pledge.
“The highest judiciary of the land is extremely sensitive, vigilant and active to protect the constitutional rights of the children. But the polity and the bureaucracy is equally insensitive and negligent,” said Kailash Satyarthi, founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan.
As part of the campaign children visited the municipal wards and asked candidates to be a part of the pledge.
The NGO also conducted a signature drive in Badarpur Khadar village where hundreds of families asked for educational facilities.