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Over 100 rescued child labourers rehabilitated in Jharkhand

Over hundred girl child labourers, rescued from various shops and roadside eateries, are now living a rehabilitated life at Ramgarh in Jharkhand.

By Girija Shankar Ojha

Ramgarh (Jharkhand), May 27 : Over hundred girl child labourers, rescued from various shops and roadside eateries, are now living a rehabilitated life at Ramgarh in Jharkhand.

Thanks to the initiatives taken by Jan Seva Parishad, a non-governmental organization (NGO), which is making the rehabilitation of such children possible with the support of the Jharkhand authorities.

On an average, the State Government spends at least rupees 18 on each of the young student-cum-apprentice at the institutions being run by Jan Seva Parishad.

"Earlier, I used to work in coal mines. Once I got to know about this Jan Seva Parishad, I sought admission here. I learnt candle-making, soap-making, stitching," said Neetu Kumari, a student.

"I earn Rs.35 a day. I don't go to coal mines anymore. I have joined a school and studying," said Kunti Kumari, another student.

The girls are given a nine-month training that includes formal education till fifth standard along with vocational training like candle making, stitching, embroidery and others.

"We bring these girls from coal mines, roadside eateries and other places. We have a training centre since 2005 for such girls. We provide training to a batch of 50 girls every nine month. Here, these girls learn candle making, stitching, soap making etc," said Manju Devi, a Jan Seva Parishad staff.

Once the students prepare some items, these are marketed by the Jan Seva Parishad and the money earned is distributed among these working children as per their due.

Jan Seva Parishad, which operates as a voluntary body dedicated to social causes, has taken up the social responsibility to effectively utilize the Central government's policy prohibiting employment of children below 14 years of age in domestic as well as industrial and commercial spheres.

Founded in 2005, Jan Seva Parishad has set up a school as well as a vocational training centre from where hundreds of girls have benefited from these two institutions in the last two years.

The Jharkhand Government endorsed Jan Seva Parishad in the ambit of National Child Labourer Rehabilitation Centre, on June 15, 2006.

Despite Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 and an array of other legislations India has more of child labourers than any other country.

It is estimated that there are nearly 11 million of child labourers in India which many opine as a mere tip of the ice-berg.

The Jharkhand Labour Minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi is reported to have declared recently that the State would soon have its own Child Labour Commission.


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