Berhampur, June 30 (localWire): Four minors engaged as workers in a hotel at
Aska in Ganjam district were rescued by labour department officials, police and activists of Childline India on Sunday.
The children are aged between 9 and 14 years.
Childline officials, Assistant Labour Officer, Bhanjanagar and SDPO Aska raided the hotel and rescued the children after a tip-off.
‘The children were produced before the district child welfare committee and as directed by the CWC, have been sent to a child care institution at Sorada,’ said Childline centre coordinator, Berhampur, Sai Prasad Samal.
He said efforts were on to identify the families of the rescued children who are from Bihar’s Sitamarhi district.
They would then be handed over to their families.
The children, it was learnt, were working in the hotel for over 12 hours a day for the past several months, Samal said.
The district Labour officer, Berhampur, Babu Charan Patra, said a showcause notice would be issued to the owner before taking any strong action against him.
Brundaban Sethi, ALO, Bhanjanagar, recorded the statements of the rescued children.
‘We have only extended our help to rescue the children,’ SDPO (Aska) Suryamani Pradhan, said.