“Child labour is a major constraint to the nation’s growth. We should bring awareness about child rights and help them join the mainstream,” said Deputy Director of Women and child welfare department, K Radha.
Inaugurating the World Anti-Child Labour Day, organised by Rural Literacy and Health programme (RLHP) at Balabhavan on Thursday, Radha stressed the importance of creating awareness among the parents and children about the child labour.
She said, “In our district, especially in the rural and slum areas, we come across children below the age of 14 who are employed in various unorganised sectors, many migrated families who are not pursuing basic education, school dropouts and many others. It is heartening that RLHP has assembled a bunch of 60 such children today and advocated a programme to create awareness and make them to pursue basic education through a bridge course. Today, the child welfare, child protection and other departments are striving hard to stop child labour in the state. This initiative by RLHP to provide skill-based and creative bridge course will empower the deprived children to get their due.”
She said, “A few days back, our department initiated ‘Shale Kade, Ninna Nade’ campaign to create awareness among children and bring them back to school. Besides this, a scholarship and a monthly assistance of Rs 1000 are given to a rescued child labour.”
On the occasion, 60 children, including school dropouts, child labourers, who are in to begging, rescued from the area like Kalyangiri, Sathagalli and other areas, were given a free bridge course. A hygiene kit was distributed by the dignitaries to the children on the occasion.
District Children Protection Officer Padma, Police Inspector, anti-human trafficking division, Chandrakala, Director of RLHP Saraswathi and others were present.
Caption: Deputy Director Women and child welfare K Radha inaugurating the Anti-child Labour Day on Thursday. District Children protection officer Padma, Police Inspector, anti-human trafficking division, Chandrakala, Director of RLHP Saraswathi and others were present.