Cheques for Rs.2,000 each were given by way of financial assistance to six parentless children sponsored by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) under its Child Labour Relief Project (CLRP) at a function held at the ICCW office in Gandhinagar here last week.

Besides, cash of Rs.3,000 each was given by way of education loans to 16 children on behalf of the ICCW Education Development Committee in Chinna Allapuram.

Balaji, proprietor of Appu Pal, a private dairy handed over the cheques and education loan assistance to the beneficiaries.

Thilagavathy Ramiah, honorary secretary, CLRP, ICCW said that educational assistance was given to 50 rescued child labourers since 2008 as part of its educational programme for under-privileged children, after it completed the task of rescuing the child labourers in Vellore. She appealed to Mr. Balaji to help establish a community college on the ICCW premises for the benefit of the rescued child labourers. Mr. Balaji promised to consider the request.

R. Chandrasekaran, president, Udhavum Ullangal, and Sangameswari Pattabhiraman, treasurer, ICCW, spoke.