Believe it or not, more than 15,000 children of Assam are working in different hazardous and non-hazardous establishments, this has come to light through a survey conducted by the committee on Welfare of Women and Children of the Assam Legislative Assembly.
‘Even though the rate of child labour in rural areas has decreased over the years, however it has marginally increased in urban areas,’ disclosed the report, adding, ‘In Assam, overall 4.9 percent children between the age of 5-14 years are engaged in some form of child labour which is higher than the national average of 4.5 percent.’
The report further revealed that 13 districts of Assam are above the state average. Dhemaji topping the list with 7.9 percent, Jorhat 7.3 percent and Dhubri 6.6 percent.
Thus, in order to make the state a safer heaven for children, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi launched ‘Mukyamantrir Sunali Saishab Prakalpa’- a project conceptualised for the welfare of children.
‘The main aim of this initiative is to protect and promote the rights of all children with a focus on addressing issues of child labour,’ said the Chief Minister while launching the project.
It is to be noted that State Plan of Action on Child Welfare has brought together 23 government departments and agencies to work in a convergent manner for achieving a specific objective.