Highest number of child labourers alarm Uttar Pradesh

September 13th, 2008 - 6:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Sep 13 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh has almost two million child labourers, the highest inj India, the latest official study shows. Alarmed by this, the state government has announced constitution of a commission to protect child rights.”The Anti-Child Labour Commission would be formed within a month as the exercise of selecting representatives of the board has already begun. Now it is high time to adopt every means to check child labour in the state,” Social Welfare Commissioner R.K. Mittal told IANS.

He said problems pertaining to child education, health, protection and others would be addressed by the commission. “The upcoming commission will work similarly on the lines of women commission,” Mittal added.

An annual study, jointly prepared by the Ministry of Labour Department, Government of India, Department of Labour, Uttar Pradesh and Institute of Management Development, Uttar Pradesh, has found that the state has 1.93 million child labourers, the highest in the country.

The findings of the study, which were revealed in an ongoing seminar organised here by the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, have become a topic of debate, an official said.

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