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‘Govt social protection system needed to eradicate child labour’

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, JUNE 11: A day before the World Day Against Child Labour, the National Domestic Workers’ Movement, Nagaland Region, in collaboration with Assisi Centre for Integrated Development, on Saturday observed the occasion here at Assisi Auditorium, Lake View Colony, Dimapur, in the presence of Labour Inspector, Department of Labour, Lipong Longchar and CHILDLINE Centre Coordinator, Loza among the invitees.
Speaking on the occasion, Longchar said a Government social protection system is needed in the fight to eradicate and prevent child labour and in the recent years many countries have significantly improved social protection coverage by strengthening their social protection systems, however, the coverage still remains low and varies according to region and income levels.
Longchar suggested that creating awareness among the parents related to evils of child labour and disruption in schooling can be a solution to the issue. He further mentioned the need of focusing on increasing the school enrolment rate, discouraging people from employing children and introduction as well as implementation of more stringent laws.
He added that fighting child labour needs a multi-pronged push and there is a need to make it a people’s issue in which every bit of help counts.
Loza, in her remark, made the attendants, comprising of hundreds of children and women, aware of the importance of knowing their rights so that they are not exploited, when they should voice out, and how education can help them become respectable persons in their future.
Earlier, delivering the welcome address, Sr. Pramila Lobo (UFS), Coordinator of NDWM- Nagaland Region said that violating a range of child rights, worldwide millions of children are trafficked and are engaged in work depriving of their rights to education, right to play, leisure and healthy growth.
“The growing number of girls working as bar, restaurant girls in many of the trans-border areas at Dimapur, Kohima and in the Assam-Nagaland border are due to the conflict, poverty and unrest situation adding that they are also looking for a glamorous world. There are no particular caste or community only working in such areas, but all sections of the community”, she said. She maintained that children need to go to school and receive education.
(Page News Service)