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Employers warned against employing children

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MADIKERI, JUNE 13. The Chief Executive Officer of the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat, P.L. Budihal, on Saturday, said that parents should play an important role in checking the menace of child labour.

He was speaking here at a function to mark the Anti Child-Labour Day organised by the district administration and the District Child Labour Association.

He said the employers too should exercise care not to employ children aged below 14.

He was of the opinion that child labour persisted despite several steps taken by the Government to prevent it. Poverty was the main reason for this, he added.

The Superintendent of Police, Devajyoti Ray, said the State had initiated many steps to eradicate child labour, and added that an estimated 50,000 children were still working all over the State.

Making Government officials function as labour inspectors, who in turn, had to submit periodic reports to the Deputy Commissioners, would help implement laws relating to child labour stringently.

Mr. Ray said the police could intervene in checking child labour directly by dealing with cases of child prostitution and children working in hazardous industries. The public could also help the administration end child labour.

Kaveramma Somanna, municipal president, said the educated people were also responsible for the continuance of the problem.

P. Sannappayya, Labour Welfare Officer, said the department was striving to rid Kodagu of child labour by 2007.

There were over 50 rehabilitated child labourers at a special school in Murnad, 15 km from here. Shortage of staff had hampered the functioning of the department. He sought the cooperation of the public in ending the problem.

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