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Signature campaign against child labour

A SIGNATURE drive to abolish child labour was launched on Saturday, under the auspices of the Indus Child Labour Scheme (ICLS) State Resource Cell.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2006 00:01 IST

A SIGNATURE drive to abolish child labour was launched on Saturday, under the auspices of the Indus Child Labour Scheme (ICLS) State Resource Cell.

The cell has set up five camps at the IIT gate, Rave 3, Shikshak Park, Phoolbagh Crossing and the Chungi Chauraha in Jajmau.

The organisers of the camp appealed to citizens to support the drive. They said child labour should be abolished at any cost so that the society may have strong and well-educated children as future citizens of the country. Referring to Articles 21(A), 24, 39 (F) and 45, the organisers said children were given protection against exploitation. A provision had been made for compulsory primary education and a ban put on their employment under the Industrial Act 1986. Yet, they were engaged in hazardous jobs by employers in violation of laws.

The children who were engaged in such jobs before attaining the age of majority fell victim to physical weakness. The result was an underdeveloped physical and mental personality that posed a threat to the healthy social structure of the society.   Consequently, the ICLS has launched a massive campaign to mobilise the elite of the society against the continuing practice of child labour.