Action Plan on Elimination of Child and Adolescent Labour is Strengthened : CS
The Chief Secretary S.P. Singh reviewed the State Action Plan on elimination of Child & Adolescent labour with the senior officials of Labour, Police, Women and Child Development, Education and Finance departments.
Principal Secretary Labour, Rajat Kumar, informed that the amended Child & Adolescent Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 2016 prohibits engagement of children up to the age of 14 years in all occupations, and engagement of adolescents up to 18 years in hazardous occupations and processes. He said that as per the 2011 census it is estimated that there are 3.29 lakh child and adolescent labour working primarily in mechanic shops, bangle making, hotels, brick kilns and in cotton farming and ginning industries. The Government of Telangana has prepared an action plan to eliminate such labour by 2021. UNICEF has agreed provide Technical and Budgetary support for the plan.
Commissioner of Labour, Ahmad Nadeem, made a detailed presentation of the State Action Plan. He also informed that district level societies have recently been registered in all the 31 newly formed districts.
The officers of other departments agreed that there was an urgent need to make a coordinated effort to tackle this problem and gave valuable inputs for finalizing the action plan.
The Chief Secretary while approving the draft Action Plan directed the Labour department to strengthen the district and mandal level committees, and to involve NGO’s in achieving the targets. He emphasized the need for creating awareness among the society and sensitization of parents and employers. He also advised that periodic surprise inspections should be undertaken and deterrent action should be taken against habitual offenders. He directed all the stakeholder departments to take co-ownership in achieving the desired targets.