Workshop on strengthening role of citizens held
Observing the International Day against Child Labour a workshop on ‘Strengthening role of Citizens and Youth towards Social Responsibility’ was held here on Tuesday.
The workshop was organised by Uday Social Development Society in collaboration with labour department, Bhabha University and Radio Popcorn. The objective of the programme was to boost sensitivity towards the burning social problem of child labour in society and create legal awareness towards the same.
Ashutosh Mishra, Additional District Judge (ADJ) emphasised that children below 14 years strictly prohibited in any type of labour and children between 14-18 years of age should not be involved in any type of dangerous or harmful works such as crackers factory, match stick factory. Anyone found guilty in conducting child labour will be punished. He strongly emphasised on the role of responsible citizens.
He asked the audience that as citizens if they see any child labour they should inform immediately to police stations, call 1098, labour department. He suggested that labour department should stress more towards the awareness programme such as pamphlets and posters should not only mention the law but also towards the legal consequences of involving child labour.
Lastly he shared information that soon they are going to start help desk where they can register complaint or share problems and seek solutions.
Mayank Dixit, Labour Inspector focussed that anyone found guilty for involving child labour will be fined for Rs 50,000 and imprisonment of two years.
Brijesh Chouhan, Active Member, Madhya Pradesh State Commission for protection of Child Rights (MPSCPCR) highlighted that child labour is a big challenge for the society. He stated that there is a need to develop a positive thought process towards children. Social media is a strong medium and they should be used appropriately to spread information on the issue.
Shailesh Ghatuary, Principal, BHABHA University, shared that as a responsible citizen youth will actively support Labour department and Uday Society for eradicating the same. Sr Lizy Thomas, the Director of Uday Society appealed to the gathering to invest a collective energy to put an end to child labour so that they could continue their education and support them to be responsible citizens.
Finally, labour department appreciated the representatives from different sectors for their active and positive efforts towards eradicating child labour by symbolically gifting a pencil stand which portrays to work more intensely against child labour.
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