Bhubaneswar, June 13 (LocalWire): The existing crisis triggered by Coronavirus and lockdown curbs could have deeper implications on the menace of child labour, experts opined in a brainstorming session.
A state level workshop was organised virtually yesterday to deliberate on the issue of impact of the current crisis on child labour in Odisha.
It was organised by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organisation of Odisha on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour.
Several experts opined that with the current scenario, several kids may end up becoming victims of the menace and the numbers can see a spike.
It was also pointed out that in the light of closure of schools, several kids may leave schooling and could be forced to become child labourers.
Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC stated that COVID19 has indeed increased the risk for children and lots of effort needed to lessen the risk and save the children from the impact of COVID19.
Pradeep Kumar Mohapatra, Divisional Labour Commissioner, Labour and ESI Department, Odisha government discussed about the challenges created due to Coronavirus pandemic and also about the enforcement of laws to combat child labour situation.
Other speakers included-Pradeep Kumar Biswal, retired IAS officer, Jatin Dash, senior journalist and Madhumita Das, consultant, women and child development department.
They discussed in detail about the child labour situation in this pandemic time, challenges, disruption of children education, violation of child rights, SDG & children rights, problem faced by the children with disability and other relates issues.
Anil Pradhan, convenor of RTE Forum also spoke on this occasion and gave emphasis on opening of school with all safety measures.