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Child labour menace goes unabated

Child labour menace goes unabated
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Similarly, many girl children in the district, particularly in Bhainsa town, help their mothers in washing utensils and clothes in several houses to...

Nirmal: At a tender age when children go to school and play with their friends, Kiran (name changed) hailing from a village in Bhainsa mandal in Nirmal district works with his parents at a bricks kiln for a meager salary.

Similarly, many girl children in the district, particularly in Bhainsa town, help their mothers in washing utensils and clothes in several houses to support their families. Moreover, people from the higher strata of society in the town also engage girls below 14 years of age for their domestic works.

As raids by the Labour Department officials hardly take place here, exploitation of children goes unabated.
Shekar (name changed) who is working in one of the hotels in Bhainsa said that his parents forced him to work in the hotel to get some money to meet family needs.

The very childhood of all these innocent kids has been lost while working in most inhuman and excruciating conditions since they have no other option than supporting their family to earn a living.

Various laws and Acts including the Right to Education Act remain only on paper, thanks to the lethargy of the Labour Department officials. These children are seen almost in every sector particularly construction sites, hotels, brick kilns and cotton industries.

Though child labour has been banned 25 years ago by the Union government, the scourge still continues. When The Hans India asked a child labourer why he did not attend school, he said they did not gain anything by education and were forced to work in factories for meager salaries.

Many in the town expressed the view that the parents have to be made aware about the importance of education.The problem is rampant in and around Bhainsa sub-division due to lack of regular inspections by department officials.

Assistant Labour Officer of Bhainsa, Sravani told The Hans India, “Raids have been conducted at regular intervals for the last six months and no child labourer has been found. Even today, I have convened a meeting with owners of brick kiln and warned them of initialing serious action if they violate child labour laws”, she added.


Satyapu Srinivas Reddy

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