Save the Childrens World Day Against Child Labour Patna
For Elimination of child labour, we need to work on social as well as administrative fronts: Smt. Nisha Jha
Patna, 12 June. ‘Save the Children’ in association with ‘Campaign against Child Labor’ (CACL) commemorated ‘World Day against Child Labour’ under campaign ‘action/2015’. A daylong event at Patna Youth Hostel in which discussion on ‘Elimination of Child Labour: People’s Responsibilities’ held. Peoples from various walks of life participated in ‘Action/2015’. Street theatre also performed to sensitize people about child labour.
While inaugurating the commemoration seminar Nisha Jha, Chairperson of Bihar State Child Protection Commission, said “Its irony that we are still celebrating this day. Unless we bridge the gap of economic disparity between upper and lower classes it will be difficult to tackle the problem of child labour ” She also underlined that “ We have marked 22 districts in the state and are making efforts at administrative as well as social level”
Speaking on the topic ‘Child labour and action/2015’ State program Manager of ‘Save the Children’ Rafay Eajaz Husaain said “Elimination of child labour was one of the goal in 2000 The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Now law is being amended which is not good. We want children to be in school and their overall development. We also want to ensure their contribution for the country”
‘World Day against Child Labour’ is being commemorated from 2002 on this very day. National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) estimates child labour (5-14 years) in India in 2011 to be 4.35 million (main workers), 3.87 million (marginal workers) to a total of 8.22 million. 8.7 % (2001 Census) of all child labour reside in Bihar.
Elaborating the point further Special guest Arun Kumar Singh, Deputy CAG, Government of India said “People who force children to work should be punished legally. They should also be boycotted at social level.”
In a welcoming speech Nawlesh of CACL said “To combat child labor, discussing collectively in one step forward in this direction”. Srikant Vyas presented a Children song.
Expressing thought relation between ‘Child labour and quality education’ famous social activist Akshay opined “Present education system does not assimilate children from socially and economically weaker sections. Extra effort should be made to bring them in to the mainstream by providing jobs and rehabilitation for their parents”.
Discussing peoples responsibilities’ in the process of an elimination of child labor child rights activist Saif-Ur- Rahman pointed out “ There are so many different yardsticks to determine child labor due to which we are still not able to find exactly how many child labor are in India. In Child labor act, 1986 penalty for violation of act is just twenty thousand. It should be rationalized according to contemporary standards. Efforts should also be made at individual level”.
Social activist Ghalib Khan, Rupesh, Ramakant, Gyanchand Bhardwaj, Chandrabhushan also addressed the gathering. Shivdhar Roy, child rights activist, chaired the commemoration. Meeting was compeered by Anil kumar Roy of CACL while Piyush Kumar, program manager of ‘Save the Children’ gave vote of thanks.
A street theatre on child labour aimed at sensitizing people about scourge of child labour presented on three spots- Kargil Chowk, Maurya Lok Shopping Complex and Eco Park. A large number of common people watched the play in which trauma of a child engaged in labor expressed vividly.