Society should fight child labour with unity: Draupadi Murmu


    Ranchi: Addressing Nobel Laureature Kailash Satyarthi-led Surakshit Bachpan, Surakshit Bharat’ program held in the state Capital on Tuesday, Governor Draupadi Murmu said that people of all sections should come together to sort out child labour.

    She stressed the need for better guidance and opportunities to ensure the overall development of children in the state.

    Murmu said it was painful to see children employed as domestic helps and factory workers. It is exploitation and comes under the purview of constitutional laws, she said.

    The governor said that boys and girls are sent out of the state to work out of which, many cases turn to be matter of trafficking. “All intellectuals and social service volunteers should join hands to combat this menace.

    Moreover, freed girls from trafficking should be rehabilitated, skilled and connected with the mainstream development. Apart from literacy, quality education should also be focused. In the course of her visits of Kasturba Gandhi schools, she has talked with the girls and inspired them to be good citizens of the nation,” she said.

    Murmu praised Jharkhand Assembly Speaker Dinesh Oraon for organizing the program.

    Also present on the occasion, Chief Minister Raghubar Das said his government is committed to stop migration, child labour, unemployment and illiteracy. Very soon, a placement law will be made in the state. The government is skilling the students from standard IX onwards. He said that as many as 18,000 orphan children will be taught by the state. Two skill development centres are being opened in Ranchi and Gumla.

    Referring to Satyarthi, the CM said that Jharkhand has been his field for social work and appealed youths to get inspiration from him. “In the last two years, the government has fixed targets and admitted children in schools. Bal Samagam, Bal Sansad, Tejaswini and other programs are brushing up the children’s talent and the government is trying to stop migration, skill and rehabilitate them sincerely.

    Investment and industries are geared up in the state to improve people’s economic status. As a labour minister, I freed many children in the state from child labour. As the CM of the state, I will leave no stone unturned to give the children their rights,” he said.

    Addressing the program, Satyarthi said he got the Nobel Peace Prize because he moved on the streets of Jharkhand on foot, bicycle and motorcycle. The credit of this award goes to the children. He thanked those parents who sold their houses to save their children.

    He said the government is working on child labour and trafficking through many schemes like Tejaswini, anti-trafficking and other schemes. He stressed the need for stringent laws against child labour and exploitation of children.

    “A secure nation can only be built if the society becomes clean, prospers and gets educated. After 40 years of his crusade, the government all over the world became ready to make laws for the children. Each public representative should adopt a village and make it a model village so that children could be skilled and employed,” he said.

    Satyarthi appealed to the people to use technology for development of nation and mankind. Nations where children study for just a year, GDP grows there by 0.34. 6 crore children could never move to schools and 26 crore children are out of the schools in the world. Laying stress on more expenditure on education in India, he said that no one should remain bereft of learning. He urged the CM to make law to rein placement agencies and also requested the Union government to implement Rehabilitation Policy in the whole nation.

    Citing examples of Rekha and Manan Ansari of Koderma, Satyarthi said that these children have set an example by going against the rigidity of society. Rekha opposed her marriage and Manan left mining in mica mines and moved to DU for studies on his own. By 1995, more than 10 lakh children were connected with carpet industry which has decreased to 2 lakh presently. They also will be freed soon, Satyarthi said.

    The Nobel Laureate further said that migrated girls are mentally and sexually harassed. Around 47% of girls in India are either pregnant or wives. One third of the children are facing poverty and girls are not secure from the mother’s womb to school-colleges.

    His foundation Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation is running Bal Mitra program in 131 villages in Jharkhand and surrounding. He appealed all the ministers and MLAs to visit these villages and see the program. It will help them make their Adarsh Gram. Very soon, this foundation will start a march from Kanyakumari to Delhi, Satyarthi said.

    Dinesh Oraon said that the motto behind inviting Satyarthi is to draw attention of our people’s representatives towards people’s affairs. He is available for guidance. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sarju Rai said that laws are being made by nations of the world in favour of children which is result of the crusade waged by Satyarthi.

    In the program, Medha Satyarthi, Education Minister Neera Yadav, Welfare Minister Louis Marandi, Tourism Minister Amar Kumar Bauri, Labour Minister Raj Paliwar, CS Raj Bala Verma, PS to CM Sanjay Kumar and Sec in charge of Legislative Assembly Vinay Kumar Singh were present.


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