Berhampur, June 12 (LocalWire): A signature campaign was launched here today on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour in an effort to ensure Silk City free of child labour.
The campaign was organized by Childline, Ganjam unit, near Khallikote Autonomous College here, where several other organisations also participated.
The MP (Berhampur) Chandra Sekhar Sahu inaugurated the campaign by
signing in followed by MLA (Berhampur) Bikram Kumar Panda, former MLA (Berhampur) R Ch Chauapatnaik and chairman, Berhampur Development Authority Subash Moharana.
Children work in motor garages, hotels, cashew units, brick kilns in the district.
Officials said the law mandated employers of any concern must not employ children below 14 years, failing which stringent action would be taken against them.
‘The adolescent workers in the age group of 14 to 18 years should not be allowed to work in hazardous occupation and should not be physically harassed,’ said divisional labour commissioner, Berhampur, Dipti Ranjan Mohanty.
‘During the campaign, we highlight the law asking the parents not to send their wards to work as labourers,’ said the coordinator of Childline, Berhampur, Prabhu Prasad Patra.
He said after making Berhampur a child labour-free city, they would start the process to get entire Ganjam district free of any child labour.