KRISHNAGIRI: Child labour can be eradicated only by concerted efforts, said V.K. Shanmugam, Collector.
Presiding over a seminar on “Eradication Child Labour and Implementation of Child Labour Act” at the Collectorate on Thursday, he said that government alone cannot eradicate it. If anybody found a child below the age of 14 working at food joints, mechanic workshops or other industries, she should take the initiative in bringing the children to special schools under the National Child Labour Project (NCLP).
“Let us make our district a zero-child labour district,” he told officials, industrialists and members of industries associations who attended the seminar.
C. Shankar, who got 1,113 marks stood first in the NCLP schools in the state, got admission free of cost for MBA at Vellore Engineering Technology through the efforts of district administration. N. Meena, who scored 473 in SSLC examination, was studying Plus-Two, he added.
The drive against child labour had netted Rs. 4 lakhs as fine from 40 industries during the last year.
Mr. Shanmugam gave away shield and certificate for the best performance in eradication of child labour to presidents of Periyamuthur, Theertham, Berigai and Achupalam panchayats. He distributed notebooks free of cost to children at NCLP schools.
S. Priya, District Child Labour Officer, A. Sekar, Personal Assistant to Collector (Panchayat Development), C. Prakasam, Personal Assistant to Collector (General), Mr. Manoharan, Deputy Inspector of Factories, Hosur, K. Dinakaran, Inspector of Factories, Hosur, Mr. Saravanan, Inspector of Factories participated.
Participants at the seminar took oath to eradicate the child labour in the district.