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Child labour: Proper coordination sought among stakeholders

New Delhi: In a meeting of the Steering Committee on child labour, proper coordination among the stakeholders was sought for curbing the menace. Sources told Millennium Post that a meeting held in March was chaired by Divisional Commissioner where members from different government departments, Delhi Police, State Bhawans, NGOs were present.

In the start of the meeting, the chair expressed his displeasure on account of non-attendance by some members/departments and the level of participation from some departments. The Divisional Commissioner said that officers of appropriate seniority who are well conversant with the subject of the concerned departments should attend the meeting.

Sources further added that the chairperson reiterated that in order to have proper and effective coordination for the purpose of surveillance child labour rescue operations, there should be proper coordination between District Labour Department and District Magistrate of Revenue Department. "After discussion, it was agreed that any information pertaining to child labour may be reported by district labour inspector to concerned SDM on a weekly basis," sources said.

Sources said, "If no cases of child labour have been detected in a week, they should submit nil report in this regard, for which they shall be held accountable. Deputy Labour Commissioners will compile the reports and brief the District Magistrates on a fortnightly basis."

In the meeting, the representative from Delhi Police was asked to furnish the data in respect number of FIRs registered and the number of charge sheets filed. In the meeting, the representative from a government department informed in the meeting that the majority of rescued child labour are repatriated to the native states from where they are further sent to nearest children home to that state and thereafter are restored to their parents. It was agreed that such data should be shared by CWC with local DM of the concerned state in order to ensure proper rehabilitation amount reached to the family of child labour.

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