Child labour to be eradicated in Tuticorin district

It has been decided to set up a committee

Staff Reporter

TUTICORIN: : The district administration has chalked out an elaborate action plan in consultation with various departments to eradicate the menace of child labour from industrial units in the district before the end of this year.

Accordingly, it has been decided to set up a committee before July 11 to plan the course of action (month-wise) to be taken for the rest of the year.

Collector V. Chandrasekaran will be its Chairman and Superintendent of Police Sandeep Rai Rathore will be its vice-chairman. Deputy Chief Inspector of Factories, Deputy Commissioner of Labour, Revenue Divisional Officers, Deputy Superintendents of Police, Joint Director of Health Services, and Project Director of National Child Labour Project ITS will be its members.

Mr. Chandrasekaran told this reporter that the members would be assigned different types of responsibilities.

The Deputy Chief Inspector of Factories and the Deputy Commissioner of Labour would be entrusted with the job of informing the committee about the number of hazardous units and their locations.

The committee would meet periodically to discuss the issues pertaining to administrative, legal and logistical requirements for improving the enforcement.

Meanwhile, inspection teams comprising officials from departments of revenue, factories, labour, medical and police should inspect hazardous units periodically and frequently whether there was any complaint of employment of child workers or not.

The committee would monitor the functioning of the teams closely, the Collector said.

If the team found any children below the age of 14 years working in a hazardous unit, criminal action would be initiated against its management under Child Labour (prohibition and regulation) Act, 1986.

Child labourers, if found during raids, would be rescued and rehabilitated subsequently either in one of the 40 special schools run by the NCLP or put in Sarva Shiksha Abiyan schools.

The committee would compile a status report every fortnight and send it to the Labour Secretary and Commissioner of Labour, the Government of Tamil Nadu, for evaluation.

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