Centre lauds Bihar govt for rehabilitating migrant child labour

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New Delhi, May 16 (UNI) The centre has appreciated the model of coordination developed between Bihar and Delhi for the repatriation of migrant and trafficked child labour and asked other states to emulate it.

The Ministry of Labour&Employment' appreciated the rehabilitation work done by the Bihar government which rehabiliated 13 batches of total 522 migrant child labour rescued from Delhi since January 2006.

Ms Sudha Pillai, Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, at a consultation meeting with the 'National Commission on Protection of Child Rights' (NCPCR), Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) and Resident Commissioners on rehabilitation of migrant and trafficked child labour, praised the process of coordination between Bihar and Delhi for the above mentioned objectives and suggested other states like Maharashtra and West Bengal to emulate the same.

Under the scheme, NGOs working for the welfare of the children like 'Bachapan Bachao Andolan' and 'Bandhua Mukti Morcha' report cases related to bonded or other child labour to the 'Labour Department' of Delhi Government, which in turn get them released from the clutches of the inhuman local businessmen. If the rescued children belong to Bihar, they inform the Resident Commissioner to make necessary arrangements for their repatriation.

The Bihar government's seriousness about the release and welfare of the child labour and bonded labour in Delhi and other adjoining states is also reflected from the fact that an office of a 'Joint Labor Commissioner' under the guidance of its Resident Commissioner here has been initiated early last year. It acts immediately on any trouble-related information pertaining to Bihari labour in general and child labour in particular.

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