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NCPCR to map mining areas to track child labour

NCPCR to map mining areas to track child labour

Anindo Dey, TNN Jun 12, 2012, 02.10PM IST
JAIPUR: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has decided to launch mapping of the mining areas and vulnerable regions in Rajasthan and other states to find out the child labourers working in mines and quarries and evolve a new child labour tracking system with the emphasis on rescue and rehabilitation.
According to Kalyan Singh Kothari, member, working committee, NCPCR, significant moves have been planned for removing discrepancies in authorized and illegal mining and starting pilot projects for abolition of child labour in mining sector.

Children are more often than not pushed into the mine labour force at a very early age mainly because of high indebtedness and serious health problems of their parents working as mine labourers. The entire chain of mining operators is responsible for physical, social, psychological and sexual exploitation of children," felt Kothari.
The NCPCR is of the opinion that a new child labour tracking system could be developed for mines and quarries in view of the hazardous conditions in mines and the related ancillary activities adversely affecting the children.
Utilization of Right to Education Act for rescue and rehabilitation of child labourers working in mines has also been suggested.
The NCPCR has identified some institutions under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and the Panchayati Raj,
which could be equipped to make interventions in child labour and extend the benefits of welfare schemes to the rescued children. The Working Committee members would be making field visits to find the regions where this can be done.

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