HC asks to file report on rescue of child workers
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Last Updated: Friday, November 18, 2011, 19:33
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the city government to file a report on rescue of child workers, giving various details including the total number of such workers rescued so far by it and the steps taken to rehabilitate them.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw asked Additional Solicitor General (ASG) AS Chandhiok, appearing for Delhi government, to file a status report by December 3, the next date of hearing.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by NGO Save the Childhood Foundation alleging the city government and its agencies were not complying with the earlier court order on rescue of children workers and their proper rehabilitation.

Advocate HS Phoolka, appearing for the NGO, said "the government agencies should have rescued around 12,000 child workers by now but sadly, it has not been done. They have also not collected a fine of Rs 20,000 per children from nearly 270 erring employers."

Citing a response received under the Right to Information Act, the lawyer said "the state received grant of Rs 11.5 crore from the central government for the welfare and rehabilitation of such children. However, only Rs 2.5 crore has been spent."

The court, which fixed the matter for hearing on December 3, asked the ASG to look into the issues and find a solution.

Earlier, the court had taken a strong note of a botched- up rescue operation for child workers as erring employers took them back from the custody of government officials due to improper police protection during raids.

In March this year, volunteers of the NGO, the SDM and four police constables, who had rescued children from various Zari units near Geeta Colony in East Delhi, were attacked by the employers who also took some the kids away.


First Published: Friday, November 18, 2011, 19:33

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