‘Government not serious even seven years after the ban on employing children’
Even seven years after the ban on child labour, Odisha Government seems to be lacking seriousness on the issue.
Activists rue that the State government is yet to prepare action plan for keeping children away from workplaces. Moreover, the government is yet to conduct a survey on the population of child labourers. It is relying on a survey conducted way back in 1997.
Through a notification on October 10, 2006, the Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act (CLPRA) specifically prohibited employing children below 14 years as domestic help. However, thousands of child labourers could be seen working in roadside eateries, houses, brick kilns, etc.
“Neither politicians nor bureaucrats have mindset to prevent child labour. It is pathetic that the State government despite having conducted numerous consultations on Action Plan on prevention of child labour, nothing has moved,” said Ranjan Mohanty, convenor of Odisha Alliance on Convention on Rights of Childs (OACRC).
Similarly, sources said, Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights had asked all District Collectors to submit status on child labour in their respective districts and wanted know if district level monitoring cells had been constituted. A few Collectors have submitted compliance report.
“Strange it may sound, but true. The State government has been claiming to be preparing action plan on prevention of child labour for long, but without knowing the exact population of child labourers,” said Jyoti Prakash Brahma, a researcher on child rights.
“The percentage of children aged 5-14 years engaged in work stayed constant at 4.1 per cent in 2010-11 and 2011-12. State Labour Institute in 2011 had conducted survey in 18 districts. The findings were yet to be part of government’s action plan,” he added.
On Wednesday, ‘No Child Labour Day’ was observed by different organizations to spread awareness on the social malady.
Thousands of child labourers are working in roadside eateries, houses, etc. ‘Serious raids are not conducted on employers of child labourers’
Thousands of child labourers are working in roadside eateries, houses, etc.
‘Serious raids are not conducted on employers of child labourers’