Employers engaging children below the age of 14 would attract a penalty of Rs.20,000 and face imprisonment up to one year

A 14-year-old boy who was found employed in a brick kiln in Lalgudi near here was rescued by district officials and enrolled in a school.

The boy was rescued during checks conducted by a team of officials deputed by Collector Jayashree Muralidharan based on information that children were being employed in the brick kilns around Lalgudi.

The team was led by S.Pearlin Selvakumar, project director, Child Labour Elimination and Eradication Scheme.

In a release issued later, Ms.Muralidharan said according to information received by the administration, some persons from Thirukovilur, Thiruvannamalai and Villupuram districts had been temporarily employed in the brick kilns around Lalgudi some days ago. Some of their children had also been reportedly engaged as labourers.

The team warned the brick kiln owners against employing children. Awareness pamphlets were pasted in the region.

Ms.Muralidharan has warned that employers engaging children below the age of 14 would face severe action and be liable to attract a penalty of Rs.20,000 and face imprisonment up to one year.

Members of the public could inform the district officials regarding child labour by contacting the offices of the labour inspector by dialling 2420343, CHEERS at 2410996 or Inspector of Factories at 2420235.