Child representatives to attend convention

Staff Reporter

Effective policies needed to eradicate child labour

DINDIGUL: Child labourers, rehabilitated child labourers and school children will soon float their own national-level platform to fight against child labour and press the Government to evolve effective policies and programmes to eradicate child labour.

They will also come out with their own agenda in eradicating child labour.

District-level initiatives in this connection were taken at a children’s convention held here on Saturday.

Campaign Against Child Labour working committee member, L. Antonysamy, in his address assured that NGOs would facilitate this process.

This platform would create a space for children to deliberate on various issues relating to child labour, rehabilitation and child rights. This would also bridge the gulf between school children and those out of the mainstream schools.

The three-day national children meet to be convened at Bhubaneswar from November 20, attracting thousands of child labourers and schoolchildren, would strengthen the concept of children as protagonist against child labour, he added.

A 14-year-old rescued child labour Parameswari, in her brief speech, said that over 100 children representatives in the State would meet in Tiruchi on October 27 and 28 to discuss measures in this connection. The meet would select 60 children to attend the Bhubaneswar convention. They would share their suggestions and recommendations for formation of platform.

The final touch to the platform would be given at a national meet. Rajalakshmi, Kokila, Karpagam, Murugamani and Gokulnath were other chosen child representatives from Dindigul to attend State-level consultation, she added.

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