Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: District Collector P. Umanath gave away identity cards to some of the parents of the rescued child workers in the district on Monday. These parents have registered with the Labour Welfare Board.

District Project officer of the National Child Labour Project D. Vijayakumar has said in a release that Coimbatore and Tirupur Districts had 458 rescued child workers studying in the special schools. Coimbatore had 16 special schools. Children aged 14 would move from the special schools to the regular schools from the next academic year.

Labour Department officials suggested enrolling the parents of the children in the welfare boards so that they could benefit from the Government schemes.

Hence, 150 applications were collected from eligible candidates and submitted to the Labour Department for processing. The District Collector gave away the cards to 13 applicants and the others would receive the identity cards soon, he said.

Parents who have registered with the board and had a girl child could avail themselves of education assistance for the child (from Standard X to technical education), marriage assistance and accident insurance. The entire family would benefit when the parents registered with the welfare board. They would be registered with the respective boards, depending on their work such as manual work, construction work, etc. Some of them did not possess an identity proof or were not covered under any of the labour welfare boards, he said.

The Collector also gave Rs. 2,250 as assistance from State Government to Sasikumar, a rescued child worker doing Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the Government Polytechnic College here.

The State Government had also increased the salary for those working in the project by Rs. 500, he said.