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Child labour project in three more districts

By Our Special Correspondent

JAIPUR, SEPT. 19. The Central Government had accorded sanction for extending the National Child Labour Project being implemented in six districts of Rajasthan to three more districts -- Barmer, Bhilwara and Sriganganagar. The special schools established under the project have benefited about 9,000 children.

Stating this at a meeting of the project's monitoring committee here over the week-end, the State Labour Secretary, Manohar Kant, said a fresh survey of child labourers would be launched and the non-Government organisations identified for running special schools in the three districts. While giving directions for supplying free text-books to schools within a week, Mr. Manohar Kant said a State-level workshop would be organised next month to devise ways for welfare and rehabilitation of child labourers. The State Labour Commissioner, J.P. Mittal, presenting the project's progress report, said the Centre had sanctioned a budget of Rs. 4.33 crores for running as many as 180 special schools. The project is presently being implemented in Jaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Alwar and Tonk districts.

Suggestions were also made in the meeting to open child labour welfare centres in all districts to extend help to child labourers and rehabilitate them.

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