By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, June 12: The State Labour and Welfare Department, in collaboration with UNICEF and SSA, observed the World Day against Child Labour at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in the city today.
Labour and Welfare Minister Pallab Lochan Das, who was the chief guest at the programme, said: “We’re committed to root out child labour in the State. We’re here to work in tandem with the police and SSA to make that happen. We’re going to hold such meetings after three/four months so as to make the State free from child labour.”
Das said: “The tea estates, SCs, STs and areas domited by minorities are still to get the light of education, and as such child labour is still a reality there. We’re taking steps to put an end to child labour in such areas. More teeth have been added to the law against those who encourage child labour.”
Shishu Adhikar Suraksha Samiti president Sunita Changkakati said: “Even now children have to work in factories in various areas in the State. They also work as sex workers.”
Labour and Welfare Department Additiol Chief Secretary KV Eapen, SSA and RMSA Mission Director Aru Rajoria and others were present at the programme.