MIRZA, June 9 - The Assam Chief Secretary has called upon the concerned departments and stakeholders to formulate a comprehensive plan to abolish child labour and protect child rights at any cost.
Speaking at a regional-level conference on child labour to mark the observance of World Day Against Child Labour 2017 in Assam organised by the Kamrup district administration in collaboration with the Department of Labour, Govt of Assam, Asom Sarva Siksha Abhijan Mission and Unicef on June 8 at the National Law University, Amingaon, the Assam Chief Secretary, VK Pipersenia has said that it was a matter of shame that there are 3.4 lakh children who are still working as child labour in Assam and each of us now have to act against the menace of child labour.
�Child labour has come down from 3.8 lakh in 2001 to 3.4 lakh in 2016-17. We should ensure that children should not be working as child labour in restaurants, brick kilns, railway stations but they should be seen in family, playground or in schools, he said.
He stressed on the need for bringing out a complete roadmap to ensure that every child should be productively educated and become a productive member of the society.
He stressed on the forming of a society that becomes a community of child protectors. �We are all for one and one for all. We, the community, need to see that every child is developed as productive human being,� he said.
DC, Kamrup, Vinod Seshan delivered the welcome address and the vote of thanks. The VC, National Law University, JS Patil also spoke on the event. Ved Prakash Gautam of the Unicef also delivered a valuable technical presentation in the conference. Several DCs and senior civil and police officials from Nalbari, Darrang, Kamrup (Metro) and Barpeta districts attended the conference.