DIBRUGARH, June 10 - The Deputy Commissioner here called upon the concerned departments and stakeholders to work together to abolish child labour and protect child rights at any cost.
Speaking at a regional level conference on child labour to mark the World Day against Child Labour the Deputy Commissioner, Laya Madduri said that it was a matter of serious concern that there are huge numbers of children in Dibrugarh and in Assam in general who are still working as a child labours.
Stressing on the need to work from ground level to ensure basic rights to each child, Laya Madduri pointed out that the prevalence of school dropout was a clear indication of persistence of child labour in the society.
The assembly in the conference comprised participants from four districts � Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Charaideo and Tinsukia. It was organised by the district administration in collaboration with the Department of Labour and Welfare, Asom Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and UNICEF at the district training centre of the DC�S office, here today.
Speaking on the situation of child vulnerability in the concerned districts UNICEF education specialist, Chaya Konwar said that 41 percentage of the total population of Assam are children. Out of which 3,47,353 children in the age group of 5 to 14 are still working as child labours, which means 1 in every 50 children in Assam is a child labour. Similarly, she also mentioned that out of these child labours in the age group 5 to 14, 4.7 per cent are from Dibrugarh, 4.3 per cent are from Sivasagar including Charaideo and 4.4 per cent are from Tinsukia district respectively.
The SP, Gautam Borah stressed on the need for effective enforcement of legal and administrative mechanism.