Those who employ children warned of stringent action

District Collector S.A.M. Rizvi has appealed to parents, bureaucrats, industrialists, traders, and NGOs to make efforts to put an end to child labour.

Launching a signature campaign against child labour being organised under the Bala Karmika Vidyalaya Padakam here on Friday, Mr. Rizvi stressed the need to educate children to mould them into good citizens.

“Many children are losing their future as they are engaged in works,” he said, and asked the parents to send their wards to schools. Parents should not depend on the earnings of children, he said.

The Collector asked industrialists, traders, and residents not to engage children below 14 years for work, and warned that stringent action would be taken against those who employ children in shops, factories, and in houses for work.

The departments of Labour, Police, Revenue, and Women Development and Child Welfare, in association with voluntary organisations, would constitute teams and conduct raids if children were engaged in works during summer, he said.

Bala Karmika Vidyalaya Padakam Project Director D. Anjaneya Reddy said it was the duty of every citizen to eradicate child labour. Criminal cases would be booked against those who engage child labour in works, he warned.

Deputy Commissioner (Labour) S.Y. Srinivas, Rajiv Vidya Mission Project Director Murali Krishna, Assistant Labour Commissioners – Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy and Kasinath, Srinivas, District Minority Welfare Officer Ghousia Begum, and Child Line Director John Raj participated.

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