Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjuna Kharge launched Indian Labour Organisation's new project, ‘Converging Against Child Labour: Support for India's Model” here on Saturday.

The project would be implemented in Cuttack and Kalahandi district of the State. It is to be noted that the project will be implemented in two selected districts of Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa.

Project intervention is expected to benefit 19,000 children withdrawn and prevented from hazardous work, who will be provided a range of educational and training opportunities. In addition, 29,000 children will benefit indirectly from awareness raising and capacity building of institutions and 2,000 adolescents from NCLP schools will be enrolled for skill training.

Besides, the project will support economic upliftment of 5,000 families of identified children.

“We are committed to end child labour through a robust multipronged strategy which comprises statutory and legislative measures, rehabilitation and social protection,” Mr. Kharge said.

The project will help develop long-term strategies for coordination and institutional strengthening, awareness raising, enforcement, education and training, enhancing family livelihoods, community empowerment and monitoring and tracking of child labourers.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “the pilot project in the districts of Kalahandi and Cuttack is based on principles of convergence of schemes and coordination in administration.

It will help in preparing the future roadmap and elimination of evil practice of child labour from our society.”

He said 10,5,397 children had been mainstreamed to formal education after completion of primary education in NCLP special school in Orissa.