Officials of Labour Department, National Child Labour Project (NCLP), Women Development and Child Welfare and Child Line rescued 10 children, including a few girls who were engaged for work in shops and as domestic aides in homes.
As part of the special drive being taken up from April 16 to 21 in Krishna district, the staff led by NCLP Project Director (PD) D. Anjaneya Reddy raided a few houses along with the representatives of some voluntary organisations in Penamaluru and Gurunanak Colony on Tuesday and rescued three girls who were engaged for work.
In another raid, the squad members inspected some shops and establishments in Vambay Colony and One Town and rescued child labour engaged for work. The rescued children were all minors, said the officials.
Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Anjaneya Reddy said the rescued children were produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) on Tuesday, who summoned the parents and counselled them. The children were sent to different shelter homes and bridge schools, he said.
The PD said four squads, headed by an Assistant Labour Commissioner (ALC) each, have been constituted under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner of Labour S.Y. Srinivas.
Representatives of various NGOs will visit houses and establishments and identify whether any minor girl or boy was engaged as servant. Based on the information provided by them the squads will conduct raids and rescue the children, said Mr. Reddy.
The squads booked 25 cases against the owners of the shops and houses under Shops and Establishments Act of 1988, and under Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act of 1986, in the first two days of the drive and notices were issued to the accused.
“Under the Right to Education Act of 2009 (RTE), it is mandatory that all the children aged below 14 years should be admitted in schools. Persons who engage children for work will be punished as per law,” he said.
“Any official, NGO or citizen who notices child labours in houses, shops, industries, tea stalls and other establishments can call over Phone No.1098 for necessary action. Complaints can also be lodged over mobile no.94925-55113”, said the NCLP Project Director.