DLSA secretary P Annie Rose Christian speaking at a Child Labour Day meeting in Warangal on Wednesday
DLSA secretary P Annie Rose Christian speaking at a Child Labour Day meeting in Warangal on Wednesday

Warangal: Everyone in the society should strive to eliminate child labour, stated P Annie Rose Christian, the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) secretary.

She said children, who were free from the burden of child labour, would be able to fully realise their right to education, leisure and healthy development. Child labour deprives children of their childhood and their potential and dignity, having harmful effect on their physical and mental development.

Hence, all those concerned should make committed efforts to do away with the practice of child labour, the DLSA secretary said speaking at a meeting organised at Don Bosco Home in Warangal on Wednesday, marking Anti-Child Labour Day.

She informed that the International Labour Organisation launched the World Day against Child Labour in 2002 with a focus on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.

The Sustainable Development Goals adopted by world leaders in 2015, wants global commitment to end child labour. Collective efforts by governments, employers and workers organisations and civil society were needed in that direction, Christian noted.

As per the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, it was illegal to hire children below 14 years for work, she said while asking the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Childline 1098 and labour department to keep a watch on work places in the district.

The public should inform the CWC, Childline or labour department if they found any child below 14 years age was found to be working at shops or any business establishments and they would be provided education and other facilities. The DLSA would also do its part in supporting such children, she said.

During a surprise visit by the DLSA secretary to a scrap shop at Krishna Colony, a boy working there was rescued and joined in a local government school. The CWC chairperson K Anitha Reddy, officials S Ramesh Babu, K Prasad Rao, P Santhosh Kumar, E Srikanth, P Krishna Murthy and G Ramesh were present.