K'taka to eradicate Child Labour in Farm Sector

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Bangalore, Sep 13 (UNI) For the first time in the country, Karnataka has taken lead to eradicate Child Labour in Farm Sector and in this direction has directed all the Agri-based industries to submit a declaration compulsorily with regard non-employment of Child labours in their units.

Speaking to newsmen on the sidelines of a Workshop organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) here, State Agriculture Commissioner Rajaneesh Goel said that it was in the direction of making the State free from Child Labour.

He said the government had from this year has made it mandatory for the agri-based entrepreneurs to submit the declaration for opening of their units. Eighty per cent of the child labours in agriculture are girls, he added.

Stating that there was no problem of infrastructure to provide rehabilitation to the children rescued from their masters, he said there was a need to bring awareness among the farmers by making it a mass movement.

He said that removal of child labour in agriculture sector would boost the export of farm produce from the State.


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