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Mon District tops in child trafficking & labour
Correspondent Mon, FEB 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Feb. 2011 12:34 AM IST
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A one-day workshop cum focus group discussion (FGD) on child trafficking for domestic labour was organized by Community Educational Centre society (CECS) (Development Programme for Underprivileged children), sponsored by Labour Department Govt. of Nagaland, Impulse N.G.O Network Shillong and World Vision Mon ADP at D.C’s conference hall Mon Town.
Hiazu Meru, SDO (C) Mon while delivering the key note address stated that Child labour has been prevailing in human society, and is a cause of great concern, but people does not realize the gravity of the situation. Because ‘children are the future of the society, lots of laws/ rules has been set/ frame, to protect them and to educate them’.
Yet, implementation of these rules and laws has failed miserably, even on the part of the government machineries. According to Meru, poverty and illiteracy of the parents and lack of proper functioning of government schools at village level has led to child trafficking and child labour. He advised the Konyak Students’ Union to set up separate cell to monitor child trafficking and labour. He also encouraged the Church leaders not to confine themselves to church growth but to rather reach out and create awareness at the village level, as Nagas hold church leaders in high esteem.
Meanwhile Subonenba Longkumer, nodal director Childline Dimapur, in his powerpoint presentation highlighted the Articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Speaking on the problems of the child labour and street children, he said that this problem was not only a national and international phenomenon anymore but that is was prevailing even in our own homes and community. Many children who are brought from remote areas with promises of better education and future are experiencing miserable life, as they are either kept or sold off as domestic maids/ servants. He said these children are confined and do house hold chores and denied of their basic rights.
He opined that the main cause of the child trafficking and child labour was poverty and illiteracy of the parents, high rate of school drops , poor infrastructure, large family , parents ignorant about children’s needs, school absenteeism and lack of teachers in government schools.
The workshop concluded that child trafficking and child labour can be controlled if the administration and education departments co-ordinate and play pro-active roles in creating awareness program on child trafficking and labour, organize vocational training at villages for the drop out youths and close monitoring of schools by the VECs and administration.
According to the Tribe wise survey undertaken by the CECS the current statistic of child labour within Nagaland, Konyak tops the chart with 30%, Tuensang 22% Advasi and Ao 11% Nepali 9% and others 17%. On School enrollment, out of 269 domestic servants/ helpers interviewed so far, 57 % are enrolled at Govt. Schools, 10% Private schools and 33% are not enrolled at all. Age group of the domestic servants 6 – 10 years 11%, 11-14 years 32%, 15 – 18 years 51%, and 19 – 22 years 7%.

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