Contestants use children for campaigning

Even as the officials of the Labour Department appealed to the political parties not to use children for campaigning, they continue to flout the norms.

Boys and girls are seen distributing pamphlets, carrying flags, and offering water and tea to party activists at several places.

Deputy Commissioner of Labour (DCL) N. Suryanarayana said that candidates should not engage children for carrying flags, distributing pamphlets, supplying tea and snacks, pasting wall posters and rallies during electioneering. The contestants should strictly follow the Model Code of Conduct, he said.

“Using children for campaigning, performing cultural programmes, beating drums, supplying water and drinks during electioneering is banned. Instructions have been given to the Labour Officers to keep a watch on campaigning in villages,” said the DCL.

No cases booked

Interestingly, the officer said no cases of using children for the poll campaign were registered in Krishna district. He asked the public to pass information to the Labour Department officials if they notice children in campaigns.

Cases will be registered against the candidates under Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act of 1986, if they engage children in the election campaign, the DCL warned.

CWC warned

Krishna District Child Welfare Committee (CWC) chairperson B. Nagesh Rao has warned of severe action, if any party leader who is in fray, uses children for campaigning. “It has come to our notice that some candidates are using children for arranging food and supplying tea and snacks to party workers during campaign. We appeal to political parties to protect the rights of children and cases will be booked against the accused under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2006,” CWC member T.S. Rao warned.

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