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State to keep track of rescued children

After setting up Special Task Forces at every district headquarter across the state to stop child labour, the state government has decided to keep track of the rescued children for two years to ensure they do not return to their work places.

mumbai Updated: Feb 18, 2010 01:38 IST

After setting up Special Task Forces at every district headquarter across the state to stop child labour, the state government has decided to keep track of the rescued children for two years to ensure they do not return to their work places.

Public prosecutor Pandurang Pol told the Bombay High Court on Wednesday that the state has decided to adopt Central Rules framed under Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986.

Pol told the court that the proposal was pending before the Women and Child Development minister for consideration and was expected to be approved soon.

The court was hearing suo-motu proceedings initiated on the basis of a letter by Justice P.S. Patankar, who had sought proper implementation of provisions of the Child Labour Act.

The Centre has framed rules under the Act providing for a separate mechanism to keep track of the rescued children and also to see that they are properly rehabilitated.

The state had framed a comprehensive policy in April 2006 to deal with child labour.

The task forces of various districts have so far rescued 4,201 child labourers and about 3,262 have been handed over to their parents.