Visakhapatnam: Special teams formed by the district labour department rescued eight child labourers working in different parts of the city on Wednesday. They formed into two teams and fanned out in the city on the orders of District Collector Pravin Kumar.
The drive began in the early hours of the day. The women and child welfare department and members of a voluntary organisation Sravanthi also took part in the drive. They visited Poorna Market, Kurupam Market, One Town area, Allipuram, Police Barracks, Daba Gardens, Akkayyapalem, Dwarakanagar, Seethampeta and Dondaparthy.
The teams inspected small restaurants and shops and found eight children working there. They immediately rescued them and handed them over to Child Welfare Committee for rehabilitation.The employers were booked under various sections of shops and establishments and anti-child labour Act, deputy commissioner of labour office said.The District Collector warned the shop owners not to employ children failing which they would be punished under the law.