Minister urges official to book those employing children

Labour Department draws flak for laxity

Staff Correspondent

CHITRADURGA: D. Manjunath, Minister for Higher Education, has asked the district administration to initiate legal action against those who encourage child labour.

The Minister was addressing a function to mark the World Day against Child Labour here on Sunday.

Mr. Manjunath said that special schools for child labour will be opened in all taluks of the district. He expressed his displeasure over the failure of the Labour Department to enforce laws against child labour. "We have brought so many laws. But what is the use, if we fail to implement them properly. The officers should take up a special drive to educate the parents first," he added.

The Minister asked the district administration to launch a campaign against child labour throughout the district. "Parents send their children to work because of poverty as they cannot meet the expenses of schooling. But it is no longer the case. The Government is providing various facilities to attract children towards schools," he said. He sought the help of people's representatives to eradicate child labour.

S.R. Umashankar, Deputy Commissioner, appealed to the public to bring it to his notice if they came across child labour in the district.

S.H. Vijaya Kumar, Headquarters Assistant to Deputy Commissioner, said 1,065 child workers were rescued in five years. Nearly 650 children have been brought to the mainstream of education. G.H. Thippa Reddy, Chitradurga MLA, called up on the people join hands in eradicating this social evil. Noor Mansoor, Assistant Commissioner; G. Govindaiah, District Labour Officer; L. Rangappa, Deputy Director of Public Instruction; and G. Nagappa, Additional Superintendent of Police; were present.

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