SHILLONG: Based on the theme No to Child Labour, Yes to Quality Education, International Day Against Child Labour was observed at Dikki Bandi Stadium, West Garo Hills, Tura organised by the Labour Department in collaboration with District Legal Service Authority and Childline India Foundation, Bakdil, Tura.
In his speech ,District and Session Judge, West Garo Hills Tura,W Diengdoh highlighted about the plight of child labour and the misery it creates in the life of a child in particular. The rights of children are to be protected and safeguarded by all and poverty, lack of decent work is the main reasons of child labour, he added. Diengdoh informed about the Right To Education (RTE) Act where it is mandatory for every child to go to school upto 14 years of age. Education is power and access to education in the life of a child brings progress to the society as a whole, he stated. He then urged one and all to work hard to stop child labour and ensure that the action taken reaches to them directly.
Debajyoti Baruah, Assistant Professor, Tura Law College, Tura highlighted the legal aids and its provisions to protect and safeguard the rights of a child. A W Momin, Labour Inspector enlightened the gathering about the history and functions of the International Day Against Child Labour. It may be mentioned that the International Labour Organisation (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
Priya Marak, Labour Inspector explained about the Prohibition and Regulation Act, 1986 in which engagement of children in certain employments are prohibited and the condition of work is also regulated.
According to the Act, no child below 14 years of age are permitted to work in any occupation connected with automobile workshop and garage, mines, fabrication work, saw mill, stone breaking, stone crushing, rag picking scavenging, hotels, dhaba, etc, and whoever employs any child to work in the contravention of the provision under Section 3 shall be punishable as per law.
Chief Judicial Magistrate, B Joshi, Deputy Labour Commissioner,Olivia G Momin, officials of Labour Department, members of Childline India Foundation, Bakdil, teachers and students of various schools were present at the function.