Mysore, June 14 (SH)- The District Administration will pursue the work on the project of getting rid of child labour in mission mode, disclosed Harsha Gupta, Deputy Commissioner.

The Legal Services Authority in the district, the Police Department and the Department of Labour jointly observed the Anti-Child Labour Day here on Saturday, on which occasion, Gupta disclosed the above programme.

An action plan has been prepared to identify the child labourers and rehabilitate them, he said calling upon the officials of the various department to join hands with the district administration in expediting the plan. Mysore district, which has earned a name in world tourism, should be freed from the menace of child labour, he said.

Addressing the gathering, Principal District and Sessions Judge H.P. Sandesh said: "We are not totally successful in identifying the child labourers. If the menace of child labour is to be got rid off completely, we need to work to the extent of 100 per cent. As the government has brought in the Act making education compulsory for all children up to the age of 14 years, the mission on eliminating child labour can succeed only if all departments work together."

Speaking in the meeting of officials before the function, Gupta said: "It is not enough if the work of identifying the child labourers is done in isolated locations but should be done to cover all situations. There is a need to create awareness in parents and public."

Hemalatha, Senior Labour Inspector said: "If employers who engage children on work are penalised, many such employers will get the message."

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore