System tackling child Labour marred by anomalies in U’khand, opine activists
There are several anomalies in the system of the State Government and some organisations that work against child labour in Uttarakhand. This is the opinion of activists of various Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that work against child labour in the State. While talking to this correspondent on the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour on Friday, various activists said that it is a major failure of the government in Uttarakhand including some other states that rescuing a child from child labour does not proceed as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Ministry of Labour and Employment in 2017.
According to them, the SOP for the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act 2016 clearly states that if a child is being rescued from any place, the district magistrate or sub-divisional magistrate must be involved in the pre-rescue process but here, only the officials from the State labour department get involved due to which many cases of bonded labour remain unreported. Some of them also pointed out that most of the time no proper pre-rescue planning is done as per the standard procedure in case the situation gets out of control from where the child is supposed to be rescued. The activists mentioned that the standard procedure is to keep the child at a safe place after he or she is rescued from where the officials from police, child welfare committee (CWC) and the labour department record the child’s statement together. But according to local activists, the rescued child is taken here to the premises of all such authorities which takes a lot of time besides affecting the child.
Some also stated that though many FIRs have been filed against child labour in State, the right documentation is not available to State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB). Apart from this, they also informed that most of the children under child labour in Uttarakhand are from Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh who are mainly found to work in factories, restaurants or as domestic helpers.
Saturday, 13 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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