Committed towards eradicating child labour: Chavan

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday said that the state government was committed towards eradicating child labour by ensuring that every child of school-going age attends school.

"We will eradicate this national evil (child labour) and would bring every child to school to make him a productive member of the society," Chavan said while addressing a programme on the 'World Day Against Child Labour' here.

"I have instructed the concerned officials to make sure that they work very closely with the NGOs and district officials to take action against those who have employed minor children," Chavan said.

Highlighting the budgetary provisions, made by the state government, the chief minister said, Woman and Child Development department's budget was raised to Rs 16 crore this year for the purpose.

The government is paying special attention to 15 districts where huge child labourers were found. As many as 16,000 to 17,000 child labourers from these districts have been admitted to schools in 361 schools, he said.

"A total of 25,000 child labourers have been brought into the main stream through education. However the figure is meagre in front of 7.5 lakh child labourers in the state," he added.