NCPCR slams Delhi Govt on rescue, rehab of child labourers
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 21:26
  
New Delhi: Delhi government has failed to take proper action for rescue and rehabilitation of child labourers, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has submitted before the Delhi High Court.

Seeking directions to government authorities, the child rights body informed the court that rescued children are not being properly rehabilitated.

"There is no guarantee that all rescued child labourers have been successfully restored to their families in the source states. This is evident from a study of 22 rescued child labourers in which three are not traceable and addresses of four children were wrong," the NCPRC said in its affidavit.

It said that efforts to rescue child labourers were not being taken up seriously by the Labour Department and Sub-Divisional Magistrates.

"There is no definite feedback regarding proper rehabilitation of all rescued child labourers," it said.

"Complaints about engagement of child labourers from NGOs are not acted upon promptly. In fact there have been inordinate delays on the part of task force to act upon such complaints," the NCPCR stated.

The affidavit was filed to inform the court about the steps taken by the government after a slew of directions were given by the High Court for the rescue and rehabilitation of child labourers in the city.

The High court had in 2009 passed a detailed order which modified the existing provisions for better rehabilitation of child labourers.

It had given Delhi Police extra powers, which were earlier with the Labour Department, to effectively eradicate the problem.

"We direct that the responsibility of lodging a police complaint against a person, employing child labour, would lie with the Delhi Police and not the Labour Department," it had said, asking the police to recover Rs 20,000 from the offenders as penalty without waiting for a "conviction order of the offending employer".

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 21:26


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