The district administration in association with the National Child Labour Project and several other service organisations has been taking concerted efforts to abolish child labour totally, said District Collector T. N. Hariharan here on Tuesday.

Speaking at a workshop organised by World Vision India in connection with World Day Against Child Labour, he said that children below 14 years should not be employed either on part-time basis or full-time basis. It was an offence to employ them in fireworks units or in ‘beedi’ rolling units.

The number of child labourers had in fact come down following steps taken by the State government. As many as 54 special schools were functioning in the district under the National Child Labour Project and students of these schools were subsequently admitted in formal schools. Now, the number of schools had come down to 19 for the benefit of just 618 child labourers.

The Collector also lauded the efforts of World Vision India.