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Plea to set up child rights cells

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Make public cases booked against those exploiting child labour: Shanta Sinha



FOR A SOCIAL CAUSE: A cultural troupe performing during a rally against child labour in Nalgonda on Thursday. - PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

NALGONDA: Shanta Sinha, Magsaysay award winner, has demanded that the Department of Labour make public the number of cases it booked against those who exploit child labour.

Addressing a meeting jointly organized by Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), Department of Labour and Child Rights' Protection Forum (CRPF) at Ambedkar Bhavan here on Thursday, she said that the social menace could not be wiped out without taking stringent action against the people who violate the law.

The scholar-activist asked Collector K. Vijayanand to set up child right cells at mandal level to receive complaints against the exploitation of child labour.

She also suggested to the Zilla Parishad chairperson K.Narayana Reddy to make child labour and education as an agenda for every general body meeting.

Lauding the social initiative in Adilabad and Nalgonda districts against the problem, Ms.Shanta Sinha said: "We should wage a war against the mindset of people. We should socially ridicule those who engage children for domestic work."

Julakanti Ranga Reddy, Miryalaguda MLA, advised the people's representatives to stop engaging children for their domestic work. "The action should start from Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills," he said in an oblique reference to the prevalence of use of child labour by affluent at Hyderabad.

The MLA of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) advised the Government against extending benefits to the families that relay on child labour. He further suggested that the Government shoulder the responsibility of providing free and compulsory education for the children between 5 to 14 years.

K.V. Ramana Chary, Secreatary (SSA), R.Venkat Reddy of the MV Foundation, Ch.Nagaiah, Convener of the CRPF, K.China Venkat Reddy, a senior citizen and others also spoke.

Earlier activists of CRPF took out a rally highlighting the Child Rights Protection Act that came into force in the State from October 10.

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