Child labourers increasing in Nagaland

Last Updated: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 17:45

Kohima: There are over 9,000 child
labourers engaged in various works across the 11 district
headquarters towns in Nagaland, an official survey has
revealed.

According to a survey conducted by the state
department of labour these children have been engaged in
various sectors working for about 16 hours a day deprived of
proper accommodation, food and education.

This was revealed by joint labour commissioner
Nungshiyanger Aier at a function at Dimapur to mark World Day
against Child Labour, jointly organised by department of
labour and Community Educational Centre Society (CECS), an
NGO.

A Child Helpline (No 232-747) was also launched by the
CECS on the occasion, aimed at providing various services such
as medical, shelter, education, protection from abuse, death,
missing children and intensive counselling, including
rehabilitation.

Expressing concern over the rising trend of child
labours in the state, parliamentary secretary for labour and
employment Saku Aier observed that it was becoming a major
political, social, economic and moral challenge for the
society at large, adding that the rise was because of
socio-economic conditions and poverty.

Claiming that the state government was making all
efforts to neutralise the negative impacts of child labour in
Naga society through various programmes at both the micro and
macro levels, Aier called for active cooperation and support
from the community and the NGOs towards eradicating this
growing problem.

The joint labour commissioner congratulated all youth
volunteers for taking the pledge to fight for the rights and
protection of child labourers in the state and assured all
possible support to them from the department.

Sharing their stories, some rescued children spoke of
the physical and mental harassment they faced while working as
domestic helps in households and on the streets of Dimapur.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 17:45

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