Government agency under scanner for child labour
Bulandshahr: Even as the government make efforts to prohibit child labour, an Uttar Pradesh government-owned urban development agency itself has come under scanner for hiring minors for whitewashing and cleaning work at a housing project.
Several children, aged below 14 years, were on Tuesday seen sprucing up the Kanshi Ram Awas Yojna, a housing scheme for economically weaker sections of the society, in Kalindikunj town.
The renovation of the Kanshi Ram Awas Yojna is being carried out by the Bulandshahr Khurja Development Authority (BKDU) ahead of the surprise visit of Chief Minister Mayawati, who is on a whirlwind tour of Uttar Pradesh to evaluate the implementation of various developmental and welfare schemes initiated by the state government.
The Kanshi Ram Awas Yojna was launched by Mayawati for providing houses to urban poor.
Children claimed that they are paid Rs.100 on a daily basis for carrying out the work at the housing project.
"I have been asked to paint an area of the housing scheme. The contractor has assured me giving Rs100 on a daily basis for my work", 13-year-old Suhail told reporters in Bulandshahr, some 450 km from Lucknow.
Like Suhail, several other children can be seen climbing up the ladders for painting the walls of the housing block.
The children claimed they have been instructed to speed up the work as the chief minister can visit the site any time for inspection.
When contacted, BKDU vice chairman Aanand Vardhan said, "What you are talking about has not come to my knowledge. I will act swiftly and ensure no children are deployed."
The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, prohibits the employment of children below the age of 14 years.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Will appoint nodal officer for Kashmiris: Rajnath Singh
- DNA: Analyzing ground reality of life of poor and vagrant people in India
- DNA: Analysis of press conference between Rajnath Singh and Mehbooba Mufti on Kashmir violence
- DNA: Analysis of India's weaknesses in new inventions and discoveries
- DNA: Prasoon Joshi's hard-hitting poem depicting society's mentality towards females
- All Audi India models to get petrol engines by Q1 2017
- India vs West Indies, 1st T20I Preview: Two countries enter new world of cricket in United States
- IIT-Bombay has blacklisted these 9 companies from placements for one year
- US Open: Ramkumar Ramanathan falls in first round of qualifiers
- Gems, jewellery exports up about 12% in Apr-Jul FY17