Chandigarh, June 1:
Child labour is a disgraceful blot on the face of modern society. The aforementioned statement was made today by Dr. Baljit Kaur, the Minister of Social Security, Women, and Child Development.
A one-day workshop was organized today by the Department of Child Development in collaboration with the private organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) at the Mahatma Gandhi State Level Institute of Public Administration, Sector-26, Chandigarh. The workshop focused on the eradication of child labour and the rehabilitation of these children.
During her address at the workshop, Dr. Baljit Kaur, the Minister of Social Security, Women, and Child Development, stated that the Punjab government is committed to putting an end to child labour, forced labour and trafficking. She further announced that the Action Month Against Child Labour will be observed from June 1 to June 30, 2023. The objective of the workshop was to facilitate collaboration among different departments, clarifying their roles and responsibilities during raids and the rescue of children.
Dr. Baljit Kaur urged all stakeholders to actively pursue justice and ensure the mainstreaming of all children involved in child labour through education and vocational training.
Mrs. Madhvi Kataria, the Director of the Department of Social Security and Women and Child Development, addressed the participants and highlighted the government’s efforts to liberate children engaged in child labour. She emphasized the importance of adhering to the guidelines and judgments of the Hon’ble Supreme Court against child labour.
The workshop was attended by Mr. Manjinder Singh, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Member and Secretary of the State Legal Services Authority, who shared his experiences. Representatives from the Labour Department, Police, and Education Department were also present.