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18 child labourers rescued in Amritsar

As many as least 18 children working in various establishments were freed by the district authorities in a special campaign launched on Wednesday to eradicate child labour.

Written by Express News Service | Amritsar |
June 10, 2010 11:18:29 pm

As many as least 18 children working in various establishments were freed by the district authorities in a special campaign launched on Wednesday to eradicate child labour. The raids were conducted at 36 places,of which nine were had employed child labourers. “The campaign was launched on Monday and would continue for another few days. This is unfortunate that despite the publications of the Prohibition of Child Labour Act,the employers are paying scant regard to the law,” said Deputy Commissioner KS Pannu. He said commercial establishments and factories in the city and surrounding areas were being checked. He added that prosecution were being lodged against persons and establishments who violate the law with regard to child labour. In addition,notices were being sent for recovery of Rs 20,000 from each establishment employing child labour for depositing it in the Child Welfare Fund as per directions of the Supreme Court. Also,any person violating the law is liable for punishment up to 3 months and fine of up to Rs 30,000 or both,said the DC

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