JORHAT, June 12: World Day against Child Labour, 2018 was centrally organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Department of Labour, Government of Assam, jointly with UNICEF at the Dr MC Das memorial auditorium at Assam Agricultural University (AAU) Jorhat campus, said Dushyanta Madhav Sharma, the joint director of the Regional Publicity Officer, Jorhat on Tuesday. Attending as the chief guest, Assam Legislative Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami administered a pledge to officers, gaon burahs, VDPs, NGOs, tea planters, tea executives, students and administrative officials to fight against child labour. During his address, the Speaker assured to take up the issue that no member of the Assam Assembly would engage children to work in their houses or their relatives’ place, during the monsoon session of the Assembly.
“Jorhat, Dhemaji and Dhubri are the three districts where child labour is prevalent the most according to the 2011 census. There has been a marginal decrease compared to the year 2001,” said State labour Minister Pallav Lochan Das during his address as the guest of honour. Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Deputy Commissioner Narayan Konwar and others gave valuable speeches.