Child Right Care Move


Anu Garg, Principal Secretary, Labour and ESI Department, said that the 44-Day campaign with different stakeholders is a right step forward to create an enabling environment for children where the rights of children will be protected and promoted.

Ms.Garg said it while inaugurating the State Level Consultative Work Shop here on 12 June.

The Forty Four Days long Campaign launched by Chief Minister  Naveen Patnaik on 1 May for concerted action with stakeholders to make Odisha Child Labour Free has culminated in a State Level Consultative Workshop o on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour.

A brief outline on the existing scenario of child labour in the State and the initiatives of State Govt. to curb the menace was presented by Sachin Jadhav, Labour Commissioner, Odisha.

Ashok Sahu, Special Thematic Rapporteur, NHRC, New Delhi, joined this workshop and chaired a Panel Discussion on “Convergence and Collaborative Efforts for Elimination of Child Labour”.

He mentioned about the protocol on child labour developed by Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India and said that Odisha Government can think of developing one in these lines.

 Arun Bothra, IG Crime Branch, Nivedita Nayak, Member, Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) and representatives from OPEPA and Labour and ESI Department joined as panelists in the discussion.

The best practices gathered through “Operation Muskan” and “Operation Smile” for rescuing and rehabilitating child labour / missing children can be used for developing action plan for rehabilitating child labour, said the IG, Crime Branch, Mr.Bothra.

The 44-Day campaign against child labour, initiated by the Labour and ESI Department, Govt. of Odisha, in collaboration with Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL), CYSD, Peoples’ Cultural Centre (PECUC), Community Radio Association of Odisha, Plan India and Unicef.

This initiative focused on awareness activities through interaction, interface, awareness rallies, human chain, children consultation, mock children assembly and painting / drawing competition on the issues of child rights at State, District and GP level.

District Level sensitization-cum-orientation programs were organized on the changes made in the Child Labour ( Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986 by the District Labour Officers in coordination with other district level departments.

Sushant Singh, Minister, Labour and ESI, Odisha, graced the occasion as Chief Guest in the “Concluding Session” and appreciated the 44-Day Campaign against child labour and reiterated the commitment of State Government in ensuring child rights in the State.

He said that there is close watch for the NCLP Survey which has been completed in 12 districts and informed that Special Training Centres under NCLP have been opened in the districts of Koraput, Sundargarh and Jharsuguda.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India has been requested for sanction of funds for completing the baseline survey in other districts of Odisha.

Sandhayabati Pradhan, Chairperson, OSCPCR, graced the occasion as Chief Speaker and stressed on the rehabilitative steps to be initiated after rescue of a child labour. She assured to extend all cooperation and support from OSCPCR for all such collective efforts for elimination of child labour.

An Information Kit on child labour, a Process Documentation on 44-Day campaign and a magazine entitled “Sishu Sampad” were released during the workshop.

The Director, NRLM, Deputy Director, OPEPA also presented their views on covering the families of child labourers under Poverty Alleviation Schemes and priority in extending education for the rescued child laborers. The District Labour Officers and District Child Protection Officers from the districts joined as participants.

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