Awareness rally against child labour

Dibrugarh, June 12: An awareness cycle rally against child labour was taken out in Dibrugarh on Tuesday on the occasion of the World Day against Child Labour. MLA of Dibrugarh, Prasanta Phukan and Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri flagged off the rally from Chowkidinghee field, jointly organized by Dibrugarh district administration and Dibrugarh District Legal Services Authority in association with Dibrugarh District Sports Association and Dibrugarh Cycling Club, to spread awareness about the ill-effects of child labour in the society.

Interacting with the participants, Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri said that it was important to spread the anti-child labour message to make Dibrugarh a child labour-free district, and the citizens needed to be proactive if the menace of child labour were to end. She added that more activities would be promoted for awareness among the public.

Deputy Commissioner Madduri, along with the cyclists, participated in the rally from Chowkidinghee field to Amolapatty via Phoolbagan, and back to the starting point covering a distance of nearly 5 km. Dibrugarh District Legal Services Authority secretary Imdad Ahmed; Child Welfare Committee member Kiran Bora; Additional Deputy Commissioner Subhon Goala; assistant commissioners Dibakar Nath, Runav Ramchiary, Uday Sankar Dutta and Rashmi Pratap also participated in the event.

Hailakandi: Along with the rest of the world, Hailakandi celebrated the World Day against Child Labour (WDACL) on Tuesday. Administering the pledge to the officials and employees of different departments at DC’s conference hall, District Development Commissioner FR Laskar urged one and all not to employ children under the age of 14 years, be it as domestic help or as shop-hands. “Let us all join hands together and work towards annihilating all forms of child labour,” said Laskar, as he read out the pledge. Laskar underscored the need for concerted and integrated approach to eliminate child labour.

The day brought together various government departments, employers, workers’ organizations and civil society across the district pledging to do away with the menace of child labour in all forms by 2025.