The labour department along with an NGO rescued 14 children from nine different zari units in Nand Nagari in northeast Delhi.
All the 14 children who were freed were minors, out of which seven came from Uttar Pradesh, four from Bihar, one from West Bengal and two from Delhi.
“All the children will be produced before the Child Welfare Committee office at Mayur Vihar and the defaulter employees shall be prosecuted under the provisions with a fine upto Rs 20,000 or imprisonment or both,” said KR Verma, deputy labour commissioner (east and northeast district).
“We have also lodged an FIR based on Article 6 and 26 of Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act 2000/amended in 2006, Section 347 of IPC, Section 16 of Bonded Labour Act and Section 14 of Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act with the Delhi Police,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Labour Department is planning to initiate steps for the repatriation of these children to their home states for their comprehensive rehabilitation.
The Labour Department, Government of Delhi and states like Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal have already developed a protocol for rehabilitation of such children. The children are sent back to their respective states along with social workers at the cost of the government.
Once back home, they will get the benefits of the National Child Labour Project Scheme of the Government of India, which includes economic rehabilitation of the families of such children.
Sources say that child labour is rampant in almost all parts of the Capital with East Delhi having the highest number of such workers.