Haryana Labour cell rescues 54 child labourers

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Chandigarh, Jun 15 (UNI) The Haryana Labour Department has rescued 54 children during an inspection carried out at dhabas, tea stalls, sweet shops, workshops, brick-kilns and other vulnerable commercial establishments employing child labour.

Stating this here today, Labour Commissioner N C Wadhwa said the Department had launched a campaign for eradication of child labour in the state. In which 25 inspections were conducted in Hisar district and 29 children were rescued. 76 inspections were conducted in Panchkula district and three children were rescued.

Similarly, three children were rescued during three inspections at Faridabad, another three were rescued during ten inspections at Ambala district and nine were rescued during nine inspections at Sonipat. Two children in Bhiwani and five in Yamunanagar district were also rescued.

Mr Wadhwa said that two special raiding parties were also constituted at headquarter level headed by Deputy Labour Commissioner to conduct checking of field functionaries. Child labour cases detected by the raiding teams from headquarters during the inspections were seven at Yamunanagar, two at Ambala and eleven at Kurukshetra. In the previous campaign over 1100 raids were conducted and 216 people were fined.

He said that enforcement of law, compliance of the directions of the Supreme Court, provisions of education and rehabilitation, campaign for public awareness, sensitisation and mobilisation of public machinery and coordination of various departments were some of the actions taken to observe World Day against Child Labour on June 12.

Mr Wadhwa said that all the Deputy Labour Commissioners and Labour Officers had been directed to convene meetings of Residential Welfare Associations and sensitise the members about the issue of domestic servants.

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