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Child labour: 25 civil organisations take stock of their rights

Despite Maharashtra making rapid progress on several fronts,disturbing news such as the recent media reports of children being employed as domestic workers in Mumbai...

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
August 31, 2009 12:16:24 am

Despite Maharashtra making rapid progress on several fronts,disturbing news such as the recent media reports of children being employed as domestic workers in Mumbai,reiterated the challenge for civil society organisations and the government to address the social issue of child labour on a war footing. A meeting of 40 representatives from 25 civil society organisations took stock of the child rights on Friday.

Bajirao Jadhav,Commissioner of Women and Child Development,stressed that the civil society and government departments should jointly work to assess the issues affecting children at the district level as this would help to implement services meant for children.

The meeting was an initiative of Save the Children — the India unit of the International Alliance of Save the Children. The NGO has initiated an integrated and long-term community-level development intervention that would reach out to approximately 3,00,000 children across 986 villages in four districts of the distress-ridden Vidharbha region in Maharashtra to promote children’s rights and eliminate child labour ,State Programme Manager of Save the Child organisation Sudipta Badapanda said.

Save the Children works in over 120 countries around the world. In India,the work is concentrated in 10 States focusing on strengthening child rights in the key areas of inclusive education,child protection,child survival (health and nutrition),disaster risk reduction and emergencies response. Meenakshi Jaiswal,chairperson of the Commission for Rights of Children,Maharashtra,was also present on the occasion.

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First published on: 31-08-2009 at 12:16:24 am

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