Silchar: District Administration of Cachar is seriously concerned with eradicating child labour. At the World Day Against Child Labour programme which was held on Wednesday at the conference hall of Cachar Zilla Parishad, Silchar, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri in her speech discussed various aspects of child labour and laid emphasis on checking this menace. She also spoke about the strict implementation of the Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act 1986 in order to eradicate child labour from the country. According to this Act, a person below 14 years of age is considered a child and a person in the age group of 14-18 years age is considered an adolescent.
Under the provisions of this Act, no child and adolescent can be employed in any work which are contrary to the Act. She expressed her concern over the rise in the percentage of child labourers in urban areas as compared to rural areas. She laid emphasis on proper education and health of children and urged upon the people not to send their children to the workplace because of poverty or other compulsions. No children should be denied the right to education, which is a punishable offence that can lead to imprisonment of 6 months under the Act. Emphasising on rescue and rehabilitation of child labourers she urged upon the people to report through Childline helpline no 1098 or PENCIL portal as soon as they notice any child or adolescent being engaged in work.
Jui Das, a child labourer who was rescued by the district administration is currently studying at Durgabari training centre. She mentioned categorically that if a child or adolescent is rescued, strict action will be initiated against the employers as per the Act. Under the India Action Month, an initiative by Government of India, village level and block level child protection committee will be set up to check and prevent child labour.
Laya Madduri also sought cooperation and support from the government agencies, NGOs and other concerned to make India free from Child Labour by 2025 as envisaged by the Government of India also informed that awareness programmes will be conducted on regular basis through meetings with all the business establishments, residential welfare associations, various industries etc. of Cachar so that no child gets deprived of their legitimate rights. She also underlined the responsibility and duty of SSA for school dropout children.
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