A sensitization meeting on prohibition of child labour was held at Dibrugarh district library auditorium on April 4, 2018. The sensitization meeting was organized by Dibrugarh district administration in collaboration with Childline, Dibrugarh with technical support from UNICEF, Assam.
Inaugurating the meeting, Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri stressed on the need for coordinated efforts by all concerned and said stern action against those violating rules would help in elimination of child labour from the society. She also spoke about the major challenges in eradication of child labour and the role of government and civil societies.
Deputy Commissioner Madduri was emphatic about the need for a collective effort to find a way forward in doing away with child labour from the society.
Madduri said sexual abuses of children are happening in every corner of the state and the children are the victim of the menace.
“Everyone should take pledge to protect the children from trafficking and Sexual abuse. Such cases are rising due to lack of awarness. Community participation is necessary to eliminate such menace from the society. Maximum child labour are the victim of sexual abuse. We are taking all necessary steps to make Dibrugarh a child friendly district,” Madduri added.
Dr Chiranjeeb Kakoty, Director of Northeast Society for the promotion of youth and masses (NESPYM) and district director of Childline, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia spoke about the child domestic labour. “We cannot eliminate such menace without public participation. Domestic child labour has been on rise in India but due to the lack of awareness such thing still prevalent in society,” Kakoty added. He said everyone should know the basic of child rights because to track the child issue a human view is needed.
Kokoty said recently they have organized awareness at Maijan, Chandmarighat, panchali and tea garden areas of Dibrugarh district.
Dibrugarh Superintendent of police Gautam Borah said nobody reports to us on child related issues. “In this year till date, we have not got any complaint on child labour in our police stations of Dibrugarh district. But their are many such issues which are prevelent. If anyone gives written complaint to us then we should take action as per law. But due to lack of awareness nobody comes to us,” SP said.
The meeting ended with an appeal by Dr Nagen Saikia to the gathering to abandon the ill practice of child labour.
The workshop was also attended by noted writer and former president of Asom Sahitya Sabha Dr Nagen Saikia, Superintendent of Police Gautam Borah, District Legal Services Authority Secretary Imdad Hussain , Director of Childline Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Dr Chiranjib Kakoty, Assistant Labour Commissioner, Dibrugarh Kanpai Das.
Participants from various departments including labour department, police department, Social Welfare Department, NGO, students’ organizations and civil society attended the meeting and discussed in detail the issues related to implementation of Child Labour Prohibition and Regulations Act and the reasons behind child labour still thriving in the society.