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CHILDHOOD LOST: It was work as usual for these children even as anti-child labour day was observed here on Monday. Karnataka, which had drawn up an action plan to end child labour by 2007, is clearly far off the mark. According to a 2002 survey by th e Education Department, there are an estimated 6.6 lakh out-of-school children. Non-governmental organisations say that the lack of authentic statistics on the extent of child labour is an indication of how it is hardly regarded as an area of priorit y. Photo: K. Gopinathan
CHILDHOOD LOST: It was work as usual for these children even as anti-child labour day was observed here on Monday. Karnataka, which had drawn up an action plan to end child labour by 2007, is clearly far off the mark. According to a 2002 survey by th e Education Department, there are an estimated 6.6 lakh out-of-school children. Non-governmental organisations say that the lack of authentic statistics on the extent of child labour is an indication of how it is hardly regarded as an area of priorit y. Photo: K. Gopinathan

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