Labour Department organises workshop on migrant child labour

Giving a boost to the rescue and rehabilitation of trafficked and migrant child labour, Commissioner of Labour B. Ramanjaneyulu said that all child welfare committees with magisterial powers will be provided a list of shelter homes run by the government and NGOs in all the districts.

The assurance was given when the chairpersons of CWCs raised difficulties faced by them in finding appropriate shelter homes for rescued children.

Failure on the part of labour department officers to submit documents related to the rescued children and their employers to fix accountability, reluctance of the police officers to register FIRs were other factors that came in the way of taking action against the violators of law, they explained.

The Labour Department organised a workshop on prevention, rescue, repatriation and rehabilitation of trafficked and migrant child labour with all the stakeholder departments here on Thursday. It also prepared a protocol to give role clarity to every stakeholder including labour, Juvenile Justice, Women Development and Child Welfare, Rajiv Vidya Mission, Police department etc.

Mr. J.C. Sharma, Principal Secretary, Labour, said the social evil could be checked only with effective tracking of child rights from release and rescue to rehabilitation until the child completed 14 years.

Significantly, more and more migrant child labourers from other States like Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Orissa etc., were coming to the State and repatriating them was proving to be a problem.

With the government firm on making the State free of child labour by January 26, 2014, Mr. Ramanjaneyulu said that an action plan was formulated with focus on creating awareness against child labour with support from different groups including students, strict implementation of Juvenile Justice Act and rehabilitation. About 800 children were rescued from all over the State since the launch of the special drive in January, he added.

Ms. Usharani, Special Project Director, Rajiv Vidya Mission, said that under the Right to Education Act, every child below 14 years should be in a regular school.