‘Ban child labour in agricultural sector’

Staff Correspondent

A seminar organised to mark International Day

‘Basic education is the right of every child’

Procession taken out to create awareness

MYSORE: A seminar organised at Chamarajanagar near here to mark International Day against Child Labour resolved to appeal to the Government to ban child labour in agriculture, which accounts for 90 per cent of working children.

Speakers at the seminar, “Child labour in agriculture: challenges and opportunities” made out a case for classification of agriculture as a hazardous industry under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986.

Experts in agriculture, anti-child labour movement, education and other fields participated in the seminar organised by Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), Hasiru Sene, National Child Labour Project Society (NCLPS) and the International Labour Organisation.

Delivering the keynote address, vice-president of KRRS K.C. Basavaraj said that economic exploitation of children was not acceptable.

“Survival, protection and development of children cannot be put at risk by employing them in any sector. Basic education is the right of every child and the Government cannot abdicate this responsibility,” he said.

Mr. Basavaraj said that it was unhealthy for a society to send its children to work.

“A nation which assigns its children to hazardous labour is dead. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure education for each child,” he added. According to a statement from Project Director of National Child Labour Project Society Baburaj, hundreds of children are working in the farm sector.

“It is true that 90 per cent of the working children are found in this sector,” he said.

The seminar was inaugurated by Headquarters Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner B. Ramu.

Narayana of Vidyankura project of National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) spoke about education as an alternative to child labour. President of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha’s Chamarajanagar district unit Mahesh Prabhu presided.

Earlier, a procession was taken out in Chamarajanagar town to create awareness among the people against child labour.

Block Education Officer Chandrakant flagged off the procession.

‘Basic education is the right of every child’

Procession taken out to create awareness

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