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UNITED FOR A CAUSE: Namakkal Collector G. Sundaramurthi (fourth left) participating in the anti-child labour awareness rally at Tiruchengode on Tuesday.
UNITED FOR A CAUSE: Namakkal Collector G. Sundaramurthi (fourth left) participating in the anti-child labour awareness rally at Tiruchengode on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

Warns of stringent action against commercial establishments

NAMAKKAL: Collector G. Sundaramurthi called upon the Government officials, non-governmental organisations, commercial establishments and parents to cooperate with the district administration in making Namakkal district free from child labour.

Participating in the awareness seminar organised by the Indo-US (Indus) project for child labour abolition to mark the Anti-Child Labour Day in Tiruchengode on Tuesday, the Collector said that stringent action would be taken against commercial establishments if they were found employing children below the age of 14 years.

About 600 children who studied in the special schools run by the Indus project were admitted in the regular schools so far.

The Collector distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions held in connection to the Anti-Child Labour Day. He also distributed prizes to 50 children, who were rescued from the clutches of child labour and admitted in the regular schools. He also honoured 19 volunteers worked under the Indus project.

Earlier, Mr. Sundaramurthi flagged off an awareness rally. More than 1,000 students from government schools and volunteers from non-government organisations participated in the rally.

In Salem, a similar rally to create awareness about the ill effects of child labour was organised. Flagged off by District Revenue Officer M. Rajarathinam at Sevvapet Fire station, the rally passed through important thoroughfares before concluding at the Bose Maidan.

More than 300 NSS volunteers, self-help group members, teachers of smile special schools and government officials from various departments participated in the rally.

Later, officials took the anti-child labour day pledge at the Collectorate. Mr. Rajarathinam administered the pledge.

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