Today in an event organized in Delhi, NGO Chetna (Childhood Enhancement through Action And Training) and has been facilitated to provide voice to street children through unique newspaper called Balaknama.
Balaknama a unique newspaper followed by street children had reach to height today when their effort had been recognized by Lok Sabha speaker Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan, in an event where ten different categories of editors and media personality were facilitated by honorable Lok Sabha speaker, Balaknama got the special jury award.
Speaking at this occasion Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan acknowledge the contribution of Balaknama by naming them in her speech and said that these small and big media initiatives definitely gives a good check on what is not going in the favour of poor.
At this occasion the other categories were best cinematography, best picture, best video but Balaknama got this special award because of their courage to raise voice on the issues of street and working children.
Mr. Sanjay Gupta, Director of Chetna had said “this is really a good time when the government is acknowledging the afford of street children and we are very hopeful that in future may be many scheme which favour the issues of street children and probably one day will come when the name of street children will be omitted from the dictionary.
Shamboo, 17 years old the editor said, “I felt really good, that my team got appreciated. The award which we got today, it not only belongs to us but also to the children who started this effort in 2002 and made it a medium for street children from where their voices can be heard. I wish that the whole world join hands, to make the life of street children like me a better one. Thank you.”
At this occasion and other reporter Jyoti who live in Rain Basera said “I wish to have a word with PM Modi ji, about the inner voice and feeling of street children because I know that PM Modi ji, cares about children like us and will help us.”
Chetan who is 17 years old lives in west Delhi said “I want to say that please give some respect to street and working children because they also want to live a better and safe life. We are same as other but the only difference is that we don’t have clean clothes, etc. So I request all to give some respect to us, as we are here not because of choice but because of compulsion.”
The event was organized by Indraprastha Vishwa Samvad Kendraat at IIC, Multi Purpose Hall, on 21 June 2017 at 10:30. The award name was Devrishi Naarad Patrakaar Sammaan.