On the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour on Tuesday, the Ministry of Women and Child Development said it had expanded ChildLine — the nationwide emergency helpline for children in distress — to 435 locations and key railway stations, calling it a contributing factor towards curbing the menace of child labour. It said ChildLine received 1.8 crore calls every year since 2014.
“We have expanded childline to 435 locations and key railway stations, it’s a great contributing factor in curbing child labour,” the Ministry tweeted.
The ministry also urged people to join its movement against child labour. “Child labour is an offence. Period. Join our movement and pledge #iStandAgainstChildLabour,” the ministry said.
खोया-पाया पोर्टल लापता हुए बच्चों की सूचना आदान- प्रदान करने के लिए बनाया गया नागरिक आधारित पोर्टल है, जिसके उपयोग से हज़ारों लापता बच्चों ढूंढ़ने में मदद मिली है।https://t.co/ZXbxBNa3jH#iStandAgainstChildLabour pic.twitter.com/6pTjVPUIJ6
— Ministry of WCD (@MinistryWCD) June 12, 2018
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi also urged people to be part of the ministry’s campaign against child labour.
— Maneka Gandhi (@Manekagandhibjp) June 12, 2018
Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi also promoted the initiative of the ministry. “Take the pledge. #iStandAgainstChildLabour,” Satyarthi tweeted.
— Kailash Satyarthi (@k_satyarthi) June 12, 2018
World Day Against Child Labour was first launched in 2002 aiming to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour. According to a UNICEF study, in 2011 child labour constituted 13 per cent of the workforce in India at 10.2 million.
“India’s 2011 census showed that there were more than 10.2 million economically active children in the age group of five to 14 years – 5.6 million boys and 4.5 million girls· Eight million children were working in rural areas, and 2 million in urban areas,” the UNICEF report said.