Staff Reporter

World Day Against Child Labour to be observed on June 12

Over 100 non-governmental organisations involved in the mission 1,500 children were rescued in the city last yearMove on to make the district child labour free

VIJAYAWADA: World Day Against Child Labour would be observed in the city by the National Child Labour Project (NCLP), Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), Women and Child welfare department, Labour department and Forum For Child Rights on June 12.

As a prelude to the day, these departments launched a drive against domestic child labour in One-Town area on Friday. They will conduct an awareness campaign against child labour and collect signatures from people who support rehabilitation of child labour.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Krishna district project director of the NCLP K. Siva Sankara Rao said that the Government departments, in association with over 100 non-governmental organisations (NGOs), launched the drive against child labour in the city last year and rescued over 1,500 children.

He said that over 50,000 children were engaged in work across the district. Efforts were on to admit them into residential bridge schools by the end of next year.

Street plays

Mr. Rao said that children would perform street play at Lenin Centre on Saturday and a signature campaign would be conducted at Swaraj Maidan and Benz Circle on Sunday. They would be handed over to Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, expected to be in the city on Monday.

"We will seek support from the State Government so that we can make the district child labour free," he said.

Campaign

Assistant Labour Commissioner J. Nageswara Rao said that the department would release 30,000 stickers to campaign against child labour. Though the department was given a target of registering 816 cases, over 3,000 cases were booked against traders and industrialists who engaged children during the last one year, he said. He urged people to inform the labour department whenever they found a child engaged in work.

Additional project coordinator of the SSA P. Madhavi Latha, project director of Women and Child Welfare department M. J. Nirmala and others were present.