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STILL AT IT: With just hours to go for the ban on child labour to come into force, Roja and Sunita carry on with their daily wage job in Hyderabad on Monday. PHOTO: P.V. Sivakumar
STILL AT IT: With just hours to go for the ban on child labour to come into force, Roja and Sunita carry on with their daily wage job in Hyderabad on Monday. PHOTO: P.V. Sivakumar

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Amendments to Child Labour Act to come into force

HYDERABAD: Households, officers, hotels and guesthouses employing children aged below 14 years as domestic helps, will be in trouble from Tuesday when a Statewide campaign is being launched against child labour in the domestic and hospitality sectors.

The campaign is being launched with a formal function at Jubilee Hall here in line with the amendments made to the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act of 1986 that will come into force from October 10. Similar functions will be held in all districts.

Teams consisting of officials of Labour, School Education, Rural Development, Panchayat Raj, Revenue and Municipal Administration Departments and representatives of NGOs, will "raid" houses and establishments employing children as labour. The children will be freed and employers punished.

Warning

While the State has an estimated 16 lakh child labourers, 30,000 of them are employed in domestic and hospitality sectors. Labour Minister G. Vinod told reporters here on Monday that 16,000 of them had already been "liberated" and admitted in "bridge courses".

The remaining 14,000 would be freed during the campaign.

Difficult task

Mr Vinod said the task for the teams was difficult as they would have to intrude into the privacy of the families, but it would be achieved.

In view of this, an awareness programme would be undertaken to warn such families. Sensitisation programmes would also be organised till this month-end and an awareness run conducted on October 29.

School Education Minister N. Rajyalakshmi said the Government was planning to provide vocational courses at class VIII to X levels for liberated children admitted to the bridge courses.

Money would be deposited in banks in their names so that they could use it as investment for launching ventures later.

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