The National Child Labour Project (NCLP) plans to make five blocks in the district as child labour free by the end of March next year.
A series of programmes will be held in Sulur, Karamadai, Sultanpet, Anamalai, and Annur blocks, apart from enforcement. This will create awareness and stop child labour employment in these areas, according to an official of the project here. It will give a clear picture on child labour employment in these five blocks.
As part of the World Anti-Child Labour Day programmes held here on Wednesday, District Collector M. Karunagaran launched a signature campaign.
The campaign will go on for a month and about five lakh pamphlets will be distributed to students, industries, employees and the public. The signed pamphlets will be collected from them. During the last one year, the NCLP organised 957 awareness programmes.
The focus is on improving awareness so that industries, households, and commercial establishments do not employ children.
The NCLP officials joined hands with other departments of the Government and conducted 53 raids in Coimbatore and Tirupur districts in 2012-2013 and rescued 92 children. The two districts have 25 special centres where about 760 rescued child workers are rehabilitated, the official added.
School students formed human chain and took pledge against child labour here on Wednesday. A textile unit owner had given Rs. 2,000 each to 12 rehabilitated child workers who had passed Standard X and Plus-Two this year. World Vision of India gave Rs. 5,000 to two rehabilitated child workers. The District Child Protection Security released pamphlets to create awareness against child labour.
Various types of awareness campaigns were held in the city on Wednesday to mark the World Day Against Child Labour.
Rallies carrying placards on the menace of child labour were taken out to educate the people on importance of sending their children to school instead of allowing them to go to work at tender age.
District Collector G. Govindaraj and senior officials of different departments took a pledge that they would collectively work to eradicate child labour from the district.