Correspondent

Round-the-clock unit opened at Collectorate

  • A team of seven volunteers working in batches
  • 45 special schools started for child labour
  • Kakinada: East Godavari District Collector M. Subrahmanyam has formally launched the Child Line Project at a function held here on Monday on the occasion of International Child Labour Day.

    Toll free service

    He said the Child Line team members would swing into action whenever any telephone call received to Child Line toll free number 1098 on children in distress whether it may be ill health or missing children noticed at public places. Advising the people to utilise the Child Line facility to help the children in crisis, he cited how the Child Line could restore Bihar boy to their parents in Patna a couple of days ago when he was moving at the railway station here. District child labour project director G Satyanarayana said Child Line facility, which was hitherto confined to three major cities, Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam, was now extended to Kakinada by the Union Ministry of Woman and Child Welfare.

    He said the full-fledged unit was now located in the Collectorate with a team of seven volunteers working in batches rendering the service round-the-clock.

    The 1098 phone service is toll free and is well-connected.

    Soon after receiving the call over phone 1098, he said, the team members would rush to the place and rescue the children in distress.

    The rescued children would be provided temporary shelter and inform the parents whether in the state or in other states.

    He said they would be restored to their parents on proper scrutiny and identification.

    Giving out the progress achieved by the National Child Labour project in the district, he said 45 special schools were started exclusively for child labour enrolling 1825 children, enlisting the support of non-governmental organisations.

    All such children would be admitted to government schools providing accommodation in hostels by June end, he said.

    Satyanarayana said special efforts were being made to eradicate the child labour system in the district taking up publicity campaign engaging the services of the Burra Katha troupes.