Dimapur District today witnessed another milestone in the state with the launching of National Child Labour Project (NCLP) office at DC office. Dimapur is the only district in the state to launch such project.
DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier who is also the chairman of NCLP inaugurated the programme. In his inaugural speech, DC said for rehabilitation of child labour the state had initiated NCLP scheme in 1988 to rehabilitate working children in 13 child labour endemic districts of the country, and its coverage had increased to cover 250 districts in the country presently.
The main objective of the project is to identify and withdraw the working children below the age group of 4 to 14 years from hazardous occupations and put them into special schools where they would be provided education like vocational training, health care and stipend and finally mainstreamed to formal education system. For this reason Dimapur district with significantly high percentage of child labour was selected for the implementation under the NCLP scheme since its induction of the project at the beginning of February 2009. The project has been functioning with active co-operation with various selected NGOs till date. Vocational training included black smithy, carpentry etc. for males and knitting, tailoring, embroidery etc for females.
According to an official bulletin, the project had also been extended to five outposts headed by various administrative officers under Dimapur district, two at Niuland, and one each at Khubhoto, Medziphema, Chumukedima and Dhansiripar sub-division. At present there are 20 schools under NCLP with over 1000 children enrolled. Besides the project director there are two field officers and one doctor looking after the NCLP.