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By Judgement katika

The Indian government has expressed its commitment towards mitigating street kids challenges in the country through the construction of juvenile homes.

The Indian government’s commitment has come following the public outcry in relation to street kids, popularly known as Anamasikini, who are said to be posing security threats in the country’s cities by attacking and robbing people.

Speaking at Capital Hill on Wednesday during a courtesy call to the Minister of Homeland Security Kenneth Zikhale Ng’oma, Indian High Commissioner to Malawi Gopalakrishnan expressed his government’s commitment to support the Malawi Government in alleviating the problem.

Gopalakrishnan emphasized that the Indian government is fully committed to offer its support toward the cause, stating that his government is just waiting for the Malawi Government to officially submit a request on the matter.

The high commissioner further revealed that his government intends to construct juvenile homes for street kids as well as the provision of other expertise that can help to improve the country’s security.

He has since pledged and appealed for continued and strong bilateral relationship between the governments of India and Malawi for the betterment of people from the two nations.

“The Indian government has a lot of capacity building programs that will help to support the Malawi government in aspects of health, agriculture and trade among others. So we thank the Malawi Government leadership for our good bilateral relationship which has been there since 1964,” said Gopalakrishnan.

Taking his turn, Homeland Security Minister Kenneth Zikhale Ng’oma expressed gratitude to the Indian government for the good bilateral ties which have been there for a long time.

Ng’oma said: “The Indian Government has been a long time true partner to Malawi as it is supporting the Malawi Government in various areas. As a matter of fact, the Indian government responded positively when the country was hit by Tropical Cyclone Freddy earlier this year.”

Meanwhile, Ng’oma has asked the Indian government to consider supporting the country with rice, as more people are on the verge of facing hunger exacerbated by droughts, Tropical Cyclone cyclone Freddy and floods among others.

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