Child Labor cases dip due to Schemes

As child labor cases plummet, the number of children being enrolled in schools has been on the rise.

In the above picture Yasmin, a child labour is seen making incense sticks

Bangalore, November 20, 2017: Child labor cases, including bonded labor have decreased by 10 per cent between 2015 and 2017 city police statistics show. The number of children enrolled into schools under the Rashtriya Madhyamika Shikshana Abhiyana (RMSA) is on the rise as well.  

From 2015-2016, the target for the number of children to be enrolled was 12878 and the final number  turned out to be 10617; from 2016-2017 the  target had plummeted to 9468 and the reach was 7373; from 2017-2018 the target further turned down to 8318 and the reach is 5358 and rising. “Child labor is going down because a lot of children are enrolling in schools under our programmes,” Sri.I.F.Magi, a senior Program Officer of the RMSA department said.

M.R. Maruthi, the program officer for child education, also said that the schemes are reducing the child labor cases.“We have spent Rs. 9-15 crores on schemes like Non-Resident Special Training Course, Resident Special Training and Tent-schools for migrant children. “It’s tough to find where the migrant children live and enroll them into schools,” he said. 

He added that the last program was the most difficult to implement. T.Srinivas, the officer in charge of maintaining statistics, said that this can be attributed to the swift action taken by the police. A recent example of such an action is the raid on the Goshala in Mahadevapura on November 10, where 4 children of the Irula community were found to be forced into labor.

S. Latha, the officer in charge of Bangalore North said that cluster resource personnel were appointed to go around the city, identifying migrant children.“We have CRPs (cluster resource persons) who go on rounds in rural places to identify migrant children and inform us,” she said. After identifying the migrant children, they are schools. ISCKON and other organizations provide mid-day meals to the children. “By next year, child labor will be virtually wiped out,” Ms.Magi predicted. 

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