People's help sought to eradicate child labour

Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: Child labour system is rampant in society because of poverty, illiteracy and ignorance. It can be eradicated only when citizens join hands with the Government to end the menace, Patil Puttappa, journalist, has said.

Inaugurating a function to mark "World Child Labour Prevention Day"

here on Sunday, he said creating awareness among rural people is essential if child labour, child marriages and dowry are to be eradicated.

The function was organised by the National Child Labour (Prevention) Planning Association, Department of Labour, Dharwad, and Ashakiran, an association of special schools.

He said that children who have been forced to work at a tender age should be brought to the mainstream of society and provided education.

M.S. Timmoli, Assistant Labour Commissioner, spoke on "Eradication of Child Labour." S.B. Bommanahalli, Headquarters Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, said one should not treat children as bread earners.

Of the 1.25 crore child labourers in the country, 6.53 per cent live in Karnataka. The State stands fourth in terms of number of child labours. So far, 2,445 child labourers have been brought to the mainstream by providing education, Malati Pola, Director, National Child Labour (Prevention) Planning Association said.

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