90 shops sealed so far in Vellore for employing children

The passengers visiting the Old Bus Stand here on Tuesday were attracted to a cultural programme that was staged at the entrance to the northern passenger shelter of the bus stand.

Men and women volunteers were singing and dancing. It turned out to be an awareness programme on abolition of child labour organised by the Child Labour Abolition Support Scheme (CLASS). Posters carrying the slogan, `Kuzhandhaigal Adamanam, Petrorgalukku Avamanam’ (pledging of children is a shame to the parents) and the warning that those who employ children below 14 years of age are liable to a fine of Rs.20,000 and imprisonment, could be seen displayed at the venue.

A little later, the Vellore Collector P. Sankar arrived there, witnessed the cultural programme and pasted child labour abolition awareness stickers on buses. There were different stickers on different buses, carrying different slogans such as `Velaikku Vidai Kodu, Pallikku Padai Edu’ (bid good bye to labour and march towards the school), and `Puththagam Sumakka Vendiya Vayadhil Kudumba Baram Sumakkalama?’ (can one shoulder the family burden in an age in which one should carry books?). P. Rajapandian, Project Director, CLASS, who welcomed the gathering, said that 90 shops have so far been sealed in Vellore district for employing child labour.