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Awareness campaign against child labour launched

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Rallies, programmes held to mark Children’s Day

On a mission:A campaign van on child labour eradication was flagged off in Salem on Friday. The vehicle will cover six districts. —Photo: P. Goutham
On a mission:A campaign van on child labour eradication was flagged off in Salem on Friday. The vehicle will cover six districts. —Photo: P. Goutham

Rallies and various other programmes were held to mark the Children’s Day here on Friday.

The Joint Action Front of Trade Unions Against Child Labour undertook an awareness campaign against child labour in a van on Friday. The campaign that started from Bharathiar statue here would cover the districts of Salem, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Karur, Tiruchi and Ariyalur to propagate the ills of child labour among the general public, especially among rural population.

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According to its Salem district coordinator A. Vimalan, the campaign would also highlight various legislations that ban child labour and their deterrent measure against the social scourge.

The age of children, the various firms of child labour, the household workers, the rules for formations of associations and unions against child labour also would be included in the campaign programme, he further added.

Handbills also would be distributed. The main agenda would be to consolidate the unorganised labourers in various fields. S. S. Thiagarajan (AITUC), M. Soundararajan (BMS), K.C. Gopikumar (CITU), P. Ganesan (HMS), S. Sundarrajan (INTUC) and V. Udayakumar (LPF) were members of campaign committee. “We will concentrate on rural people who fall prey easily and get exploited,” he further added.

A rally by students of Little Flower Higher Secondary School, also was taken out in the city. The students carried placards denouncing child labour and the right to education.

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