A “No Child Labour” logo aimed at putting an end to this banned practice was released by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at Delhi Secretariat on Friday.
Soon after the release, child rights activists at the venue demanded action against two Delhi Ministers for their alleged role in engaging child labour and defending such a practice.
During the launch of the campaign against child exploitation at the Delhi Secretariat, activists of Campaign Against Child Trafficking (CACT) and Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL) raised the issue of one Delhi Minister allegedly employing a child labourer and another allegedly defending him on the ground that the children were not employed in the Secretariat at least.
‘Sorry state of affairs’
National Coordinator of CACT Bharti Ali said three children wanted to raise the issue while other members of the group also wanted to discuss it but were prevented from doing so. They then circulated a memorandum in this regard. “It is a sorry state of affairs that two Delhi Ministers do not even know the rules about child labour,” she said.
During the programme, Ms. Dikshit said the new logo symbolises the Delhi Government’s commitment towards removing the menace of child labour. She also noted that it was an offence to employ children under the age of 14 and appealed to all manufacturers and employers to desist from such practice.
The Chief Minister called upon the businesses to put this logo at their workplace and on their products. She also urged the public to look out for this logo while buying products to ensure that their purchases are not tainted by the labour of children.
The programme was also attended by Labour Minister Mangat Ram Singhal, Women and Child Development Minister Kiran Walia, Secretary (Labour) K.S. Wahi and Secretary (WCD) Manoj Parida among others.