Staff Correspondent

As many as 1,820 of them are working in the hazardous sector

  • Plan to take up drive to rescue child workers
  • Such children will be admitted to schools

    DAVANGERE: There are over 6,688 child workers in the hazardous and non-hazardous sectors in the district, according to a survey conducted by the district administration under the National Child Labour Project.

    It is a matter of concern that there are so many child workers in spite of the concerted efforts made by the Davangere district administration and UNICEF Norada Child Labour Eradication Project.

    School dropouts

    As many as 1,820 of the child workers, including 1,126 girls, work in the hazardous sector. Many were forced to go to work owing to poverty or following the death of head of their families. Over 2,874 children had to drop out of schools to work to look after their families. As many as 1,454 of them are girls.

    According to the report available to The Hindu, there are 1,882 child workers in Davangere taluk; 2,037 in Harpanahalli, 536 in Harihar, 589 in Honnali, 897 in Chennagiri, and 747 in Jagalur taluk.

    As many as 733 children are working in hazardous workplaces in Davangere; 158 in Harpanahalli; 125 in Harihar; 200 in Honnali; 370 in Chennagiri; and 228 in Jagalur.

    There are 588 school dropouts working in Davangere; 1,361 in Harpanahalli; 220 in Harihar; 209 in Honnali; 295 in Chennagiri; and 207 in Jagalur.

    It may be recalled that following the death of a few children working in puffed rice factories in Davangere a few years ago, the Labour and Police departments had conducted raids and rescued many.

    They also organised programmes to convince the parents to send their children to school.

    An official said that the district administration was planning to take up a drive to rescue child workers and admit them to schools set up exclusively for them.

    1,800 rescued

    Over 1,800 children had already been rescued.

    Of them, 600 had been admitted to the special schools being run by the Education Department under the Sarva Shikshana Abhiyana programme.

    As many as 400 children were admitted to the residential bridge centres of the UNICEF Norada Child Labour Eradication Project.