After a non- profit organisation Pratham identified 1,814 child labourers employed in hazardous occupations in the city, the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has ordered immediate action against people employing them.
The commission recently issued orders on the basis of the complaint filed by the NGO.
The commission had conducted various hearings on the complaint and the latest hearing was on January 23 this year.
In its orders, the commission has recommended that managers of the factories, workshops or shops that were found employing child labour should be booked under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Juvenile Justice Act.
The children rescued from these establishments should be sent home to their parents with the help of NGOs, states the order.
AN Tripathi, secretary of the commission who issued the order, said, “This matter is very serious. The NGO had contended that it is difficult to rescue children working in factories due to non-co-operation by the police and cold response from the government.’’
Hence, the commission has ordered household surveys in the Madanpura area that was found to have the highest number of under-14 child labourers (448) to identify workers and confirm their age from their birth certificates.
The order also says that separate surveys should be conducted to identify under-14 children living on the streets and also places like pipelines and under the flyovers.
Once identified, these children should be admitted to schools.