Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru
Mangaluru, Nov 28: As per the directives of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and as part of the pan India rescue and rehabilitation movement, surprise raids are being carried out on construction sites, hotels, garages, buildings, hotels, apartments, and other institutions for the purpose of releasing and rehabilitating child labourers and juvenile workers working in hazardous and non-hazardous industries across Dakshina Kannada district.
The raids are in progress from November 10 and will go on till December 10.
Child labour is a social scourge and the Child, Adolescent Labor (Prohibition & Control) Act-1986 makes it mandatory to prohibit the employment of child labour under the age of 14 years in any establishment.
Adolescent workers aged between 15 to 18 years are also prohibited from working in hazardous industries. Also, children aged between 15 and 18 years working in non-hazardous establishments are regulated.
Owners who violate the Act will be fined up to Rs 50,000 and imprisoned for up to 2 years. An FIR will be registered by the police department against the guilty owner.
In the announcement, the Assistant Labour Commissioner has said that the public should call up Childline: 1098, Labour Department's telephone numbers 0824-2435343, 2433132, 2437479 and District Child Labour Planning Association's telephone number: 2433131 if they find that children and adolescents are being employed.