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Panel to prevent child labour
Published on 21 Nov. 2010 12:03 AM IST
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Cachar district deputy commissioner H.K. Dev Barman has constituted a seven-member task force, comprising officials, educationists and local trade union leaders, for proper identification of child labourers belonging to underprivileged sections of society.
Cachar has become the first district among the three Barak Valley ones where such a panel has come into being.
An official source said, “This task force has been constituted in accordance with the provisions of the Child Labour Prevention Act, 1976.”
A large number of hapless children continue to suffer the indignity of working in the brick fields, tea stalls and other eateries and as domestic help and by collecting rubbish from the streets.
However, steps are yet to be initiated in the district by the government agencies to bring an end to what is being described as “despicable forms of slavery”. The number of such child labourers in the district is yet to be properly compiled. Even as such practice is officially banned, it prevails in the districts in complete contravention of the Act.
Five years ago, a local NGO made a survey and prepared a list containing the names and numbers of child labourers.
The NGO was able to identify at least 635 such children working as unskilled child labourers in different vocations.
The source added that a “block-level committee was scheduled to be set up within the next six days in each of the 15 blocks in the district.”
“The compilation of the exact number of child labourers in the district is likely to take at least six months,” the source added.
The identified children will be motivated for enrolling in Sarva Shikhya Abhiyaan primary establishments where, apart from the lessons imparted to them, the students will be entitled to partake of midday meals.

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