90 child workers rescued in Jharkhand

February 17th, 2009 - 11:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Feb 17 (IANS) Authorities in Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand Tuesday rescued around 90 child workers from hotels, eateries, business houses and other places of the district, an official said.
“We have rescued around 90 children from hotels and different places in the district with help of an NGO. The rescued children will be rehabilitated under National Child Labour Rehabilitation programme,” Vinay Kumar Chaube, deputy commissioner of Hazaribagh, told reporters.

He said the hotel owners and businesses who engaged these children as labourers will be punished and face penalties. Complaints will also be lodged against them.

The district administration will ensure that the freed child labourers attend schools and get vocational training with help of NGOs.

Child labour is rampant in Jharkhand due to widespread poverty. As much as 52 per cent of the state’s population lives below the official poverty line.

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