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Labour Day: Month-long, anti-child labour drive in Jharkhand

Posted online: 2012-05-01 10:34:44+05:30

Ranchi A special drive against child labour in Jharkhand would be taken up from today, Anti-Child Labour Day.

Government officials would launch raids on apartments, trading houses and industries to locate and take strict action against those employing child labour, Labour Minister Chandraprakash Choudhary told a function to mark Anti-Child Labour Day.

"The labour department should also organise awareness programme at panchayat, block and district level against child labour," he said.

The Principal Secretary of Labour department, Vishnu Kumar, said a plan to stop child labour in the state was in the final stages and would be sent to government for approval.

Job Zachariah, chief of UNICEF in Jharkhand, said child labour was unacceptable and there should be a social movement against it.


Jharkhand to set up Child Rights Commission

21/01/2011: BBA had filed a PIL in the Jharkhand High Court seeking a clear action plan for the identification, release and rehabilitation of child bonded labourers in the state. A large number of children are trafficked from Jharkhand to metros like New Delhi and Mumbai every year.

On hearing this PIL today, the Hon'ble Justice of Jharkhand High Court directed the state government to form State Child Rights Commission within one month and submit a report to the court.

This direction is a first step towards preventing child labour. A few weeks back the Delhi High Court had given a judgment on a PIL on placement agencies stating that agencies based in source areas also need to register themselves. Both these judgement together will lay the foundation stone for concrete measures against traffickers and middleman.


Jharkhand mulls child labour eradication drive

Sanjay Ojha, TNN Jun 13, 2011, 04.33pm IST

RANCHI: The state labour and training department has decided to rope in panchayats to fight child labour problems in Jharkhand. The department will approach all the panchayats with a request to spread awareness about vices of child labour in their areas and also help in enrolment of children below 14 years in the nearest schools. There are more than 4,400 panchayats in the state.


Jharkhand issued notice on child labour

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 06, 2011 23:00 hrsNew Delhi, April 6 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Wednesday has issued a notice to the Jharkhand chief secretary over a media report on alleged child labour in the state's illegal coal mines, the commission said.

'The commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report alleging that a large number of children below 14 years of age are working in illegal coal mines built unscientifically in the Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand. These mines are manned mostly by children,' a commission statement said.

The report alleges that the workers in these mines come from Orissa, West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Assam. The kin of those who die in accidents in these mines never get any compensation as deaths are never recorded, the NHRC added.

There are also no facilities for drinking water and health in the area and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme has also not been extended in Hazaribagh district, it said.

The commission pointed out that the government report must include the number of coal mines - legal or illegal - functioning in the state, the steps taken to stop these illegal mines, and the safeguards offered to mine workers.

'The report must also say what steps has the government taken to prevent child labour in the coal mines and whether there are enough schools in Hazaribagh district to implement the Right to Education Act,' a commission official said.