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Mokokchung, 9th February (MTNews): The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Government of India, has issued guidelines based on the Supreme Court of India’s directives to address the safety concerns of small children near abandoned bore/tube wells. These guidelines apply nationwide and aim to prevent accidents and mishaps, DPRO Mokokchung informed in an advisory.

Owners of land or premises planning to construct a bore well/tube well are now required to submit a written notification to the relevant authority at least 15 days before commencing construction.

To ensure compliance with safety measures, all drilling agencies, both government and private, must register before erecting barriers, such as barbed wire fencing, around the well during construction. Additionally, in cases of pump repair, the tube well must be securely covered, and any abandoned bore wells should be filled with materials like clay, sand, or boulders from the bottom to ground level.

In response to violations of these safety protocols, the District Magistrate will issue orders specifying the punishment under the Criminal Code of Procedure, 1973.

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