THE STATE convention of Campaign Against Child Labour has stressed the need to focus on the problems of the girl child labourers.
Speakers at a convention here on Tuesday said that the girl child labourers were most vulnerable section of the society but were generally neglected by government as well as NGOs.
Therefore CACL would focus on the problems of such labourers. The speakers said that since these labourers were mostly hidden from the view of society, their abuse went unreported.
The speakers also suggested sensitising the society and NGOs about the problems of girl child labourers and run a sustained campaign to address to them. The convention also discussed the present status of education. Sashmita Jena, national Programme Coordinator of CACL said education bill passed in November 2001 had many shortcomings. Though education was made a fundamental right in the bill, law to this effect has not been passed till date. The bill did not also cover pre-primary education and demanded to bring that aspect under the purview of the bill.
CACL demanded implementation of the Kothari Commission report to make education uniform across the country and increase budget allocations from the present 3.5 per cent to 6 per cent of gross domestic product.
The clause to penalise parents for neglect of the child’s education was unjustified because it did not take into account socio-economic conditions of the people, it said. CACL criticised the Human Resources ministry decision to make Model education bill optional for states and demanded that the bill must be made compulsory for all states. State Coordinator of Janadhikar Manch Sandesh Bansal shed light on the status of child labourers in Gwalior-Chambal division and the work being done by the NGO sector in this regard.