‘The draft action plan is ready and very shortly the plan will be discussed’

The State government would soon come out with State Action Plan against child labour spelling out its strategies to fight the social menace.

“The draft action plan is ready and very shortly the plan will be discussed with different stakeholders at a State level workshop,” said Hemant Sharma, Labour Commissioner, while addressing State level convergence meeting of different departments to end child labour menace held here recently.

Mr. Sharma said the focused strategies of the action plan were enforcement, rescue and rehabilitation, education, skill development and awareness activities. A State level monitoring committee would in force for the purpose.

At present children rescued from workplace are admitted into National Child Labour Project schools in the State. Although 1030 NCLP special schools were sanctioned, only 618 schools are functioning with enrolment of 28840 children. As of now, government sources claimed, 123899 children had been mainstreamed.

For years now, the State government has not carried out any comprehensive survey to find out the population of child labourers in the State. As per the survey data of 1997, 215222 children were identified as child labourers. Of which, 23761 children were working in hazardous sector and 191461 children belonged non-hazardous sector.

Presently, a pilot project is under implementation in Cuttack and Kalahandi districts where a convergence model has been used for eliminating child labour.

Three pronged strategy, which has been adopted under the pilot project, include education action programme for children within 5 and 14 years of age, vocational training action for children between 14 and 17 and linking of 500 families of direct beneficiaries of education action programme.

As per Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority (OPEPA), population of out of school students stands at 31000 in the State. Seasonal hostels have been opened in the districts of Bargarh, Kalahandi and Nuapada where more than 5000 children have already been admitted in the current season.


  • State has not carried out any comprehensive survey to find out the population of child labourers

  • A pilot project is under implementation in Cuttack and Kalahandi for eliminating child labour