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Forced to grow up

With reference to the report Govt for tougher child labour law (December 22), the Govts proposal to ban employment of children below 11 yrs of age is a progressive step.

india Updated: Dec 25, 2006 03:35 IST

With reference to the report Govt for tougher child labour law (December 22), the Ministry of Women and Child Development’s proposal to ban employment of children below 11 years of age in any establishment is a progressive step towards the complete abolition of child labour. However, the Centre should also rehabilitate the families of these children if the scheme is to be successful. The Centre should make education mandatory for these children and provide incentives such as fee concessions, free textbooks, etc. in all schools.

B Vinoth Raj

Integrity is the key

Apropos of the report India’s children deserve better (December 20), it is not just the children who have not gained much from economic reforms. Those who have prospered belong only to the upper-income bracket and political groups. Many programmes for rural uplift have taken a backseat and the infrastructure and money spent on them have gone into the drains. Mere increase in allocation for child welfare will not yield desired results. We need an honest administration from top to bottom. A systemic approach needs to be adopted not only for child development but for all development programmes.

AL Agarwal

Bring peace, not war

Apropos of the editorial Washington’s Baghdad blinkers (December 21), having made the initial mistake of attacking Iraq on flimsy grounds, George Bush finds himself in a Catch-22 position. He will be making a mistake by sending more troops to Iraq. To be effective, any strategy must include efforts to train the Iraqi army and deal with political and economic issues.

Tarlok Singh

Hats off to a legend

Shane Warne will be missed not just by the Australian team but by the entire cricketing world. Cricket lovers of the world salute the legendary wizard for his achievements.

Bidyut Chatterjee

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First Published: Dec 25, 2006 03:35 IST