ANTI CHILD LABOUR DAY OBSERVANCE
Date : 12-06-2017
Venue : Gov. Model Boys HSS, Chalai
The Labour Department, Government of Kerala and CHILDLINE Trivandrum jointly observed International Anti Child Labour Day on 12th June, 2017. The inaugural function took place at Government Model Boys HSS, Chalai. Shri. S. Thulaseedharan, additional Labour Commissioner (IR) welcomed the guests. Shri. Kadakampalli Surendran, Hon. Minister of Tourism and Devasom, was the chief guest at the function. He spoke about the rampant child labour prevalence in other parts of India and the much better situation of Kerala regarding child labour. He also said that the new child labour prohibition act is a regress and will promote child labour as there are provisions in it providing for children to involve in family business and entertainment industry. He also exhorted all children to report if they find child labour and make use of the opportunity they have to gain good education as many children in our country still do not have the opportunity to attend school. Fr. Thomas PD, Director of CHILDINE, Trivandrum presided over the function. He spoke of the need to include skill based plus two education to reduce dropout children becoming child labourers. Shri. Manuel George, Programme Coordinator, CHILDLINE rendered the anti-child labour oath to children.
Shri. K Biju, IAS, the Labour Commissioner of Kerala flagged off the Awareness Campaign moving exhibition and puppet show. The awareness campaign together with anti child labour puppet show would go through different parts of the city and end with a video show in the evening at Shangumugham beach. Additional Labour Commissioner, Shri. A. Alexander, unveiled the wall painting against child labour painted on the school compound wall. Deputy Mayor, Advt. Rakhi Ravi Kumar distributed education materials to school children and also exhorted children to study well for a bright future. Smt. M Lakshmi (ward counselor), Shri. Santhosh (PTA President), Smt. Leela, (Headmistress, Chala Boys School), Shri. Jobi Kondoor (CHILDINE District Coordinator) and Shri. J Satyadas (District Labour Officer) graced the occasion.