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Awareness on child labour

(L) Er. Saku Aier speaking at the ‘World Day Against Child Labour’ concert (R) child labourers at the venue (DDSC Stadium) on Sunday. (NP/CECS)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 Jun. 2011 12:18 AM IST
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Intending to focus large-scale attention on child Labour’ and call for urgent action to combat it, a concert on the occasion of ‘World Day Against Child Labour’ on the theme ‘Together for children’ was organized by Community Educational Centre Society (CECS), Dimapur featuring Divine Connection which saw a huge turnout on Sunday evening at DDSC Stadium Dimapur.
Parliamentary secretary, housing, labour and employment, Er. T. Saku Aier, speaking on behalf of the labour department said, ‘World Day Against Child Labour’ came about due to human greed, and as a result of which, many children have been exploited all over the world and deprived of growing in a decent environment.
Children in this condition are exploited economically and are denied fundamental workers’ right in spite of working till odd hours for a meager income without any break, opined Saku. He said children taken as domestic labourers have to leave their own family at an early age and are considered almost as ‘possessions’ by the household.
He also underscored the Directive Principles of State Policy contained in the Part-IV of the Constitution where it lays down specific policy rules regarding child labor that the state shall provide free and compulsory elementary education to all children until the age of 14.
Describing children future citizens of the country as well as the state, he said all these would depend on if they are brought up carefully and methodically with the task of providing the child proper education.
Giving a clarion call to fight against the menace of child labour, Saku said the present government under the leadership of chief minister, Neiphiu Rio has taken initiative through various government departments to erase such social evils from the Naga society, and assured the department of labour would continue to support NGOs and organizations involved in fighting for the cause of exploited children.
Subonenba Longkumer, project director CECS, the organizer of the concert, urged the gathering to extend support to the society to make a change for the better and to help eradicate exploitative child labour.
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Those who spoke at the occasion include Dr. Helen R. Sekar, National coordinator, National Resource centre on Child Labour (NRCCL), ministry of labour & employment, govt. of India, Nungshiyanger Aier, jt. labour commissioner, Zekotso Mero, SP, Dimapur, Sedevikho Khro, ADC Dimapur, Yanger Aier, project director LD, Asono Ndang, DEO Dimapur, Fr. Anto, founder director, Peace Channel and Testimony (Child NDWM)
Other highlights of the programme were songs by Divine Connection, Alo Wanth, Sunep Lemtur, Kenei, Menguse, dance performance by Funky Fresh Boys and play by CECS students.
The event was supported by department of labour, social welfare department and DMA, SSA (education department).
The event partners were Peace Channel, Sinai Ministry, National Domestic Workers Movement, and media partners Nagaland Post and The Morung Express.
It may be mentioned that The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the first ‘World Day Against Child Labour’ in 2002 as a way to highlight the plight of these children. The day, which is observed on June 12th, is intended to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour, reflected in the huge number of ratifications of ILO Convention No. 182 on the worst forms of child labour and ILO Convention No. 138 on the minimum age for employment.
The ‘World Day Against Child Labour’ provides and opportunity to gain further support of individual governments and that of the ILO social partners, civil society and others, including schools, youth and women’s groups as well as the media, in the campaign against child labour.
Child labour generates `120,000 cr black money
NEW DELHI, JUNE 12 (IANS): Child labour in India generates more than Rs.120,000 crore annually as black money, NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) said here Sunday on World Anti-Child Labour Day.
“If adult workers were employed in place of children, then the employers would have to pay more than Rs.7,000 per month as wages instead of a paltry of Rs.80. This difference immediately becomes black money, amounting to roughly Rs.120,000 crore,” said BBA founder Kailash Satyarthi.
The preliminary findings of the report “Capital Corruption” by the BBA has been prepared while calculating the number of child labourers in the country.
“The report draws attention to the six crore children who are generating more than Rs.120,000 crore rupees within India. There is no other open source of generating such a huge amount of black money than trafficking and employment of children,” Satyarthi added.

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