Prosecution of those engaging child labour is a must for the officials conducting raids against child labour, Commissioner of Labour B.V. Ramanjaneyulu said while addressing officers and members of the District Level Coordination Committee here on Saturday. Later Collector V. Seshadri flagged off six vehicles containing squads of officials formed to detect and prosecute offenders of child labour.

“Officers must serve notice on the offenders imposing a fine of Rs. 20,000 and first take the child away from the work spot ,” Mr. Ramanjaneyulu said. Joint Commissioner of Labour S. Lakshminarayana, Deputy Commissioners from north coastal Andhra districts T. Venkataratnam, M. Ramesh and M. Ananda Rao and others officials were present. Mr. Seshadri while describing the programme as a noble one, said it was the duty of every one to make sure that every child in the 5-14 years age group attended school, and consider this as a social responsibility.

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