Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Save the children in Meghalaya

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From: mohanlal panda <pandaml67@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 11:32 AM
Subject: Save the children in Meghalaya
To: akpnhrc@yahoo.com
Cc: jrlawnhrc@hub.nic.in

The Chairperson
New Delhi
Greetings from PVCHR
The report refers to various claims made by NGOs that around 70,000 children from India, Bangladesh, Nepal are working in various coal mines of Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya. Although the state government disagrees with this claim and rubbishes this figure.
"It is not true that there are 70,000 children working in the coal mines. However such claim can be countered only if the  government notifies Child Labour Prohibition Regulation Act, (CLPRA)1986, and form the State level Sterring comittee (SLSC) on child labour to get the exact data about children employed illigally." says Fenella Lyngdoh Nonglait, a lawyer fighting for children's right in Meghalaya said.
However the government according to the same report is not willing to notify the act because of lack of resources.
Sir, the above report is very worrying for the future of children in the entire north eastern part of India. On belhlf of PVCHR, I request you to look into the matter and save the children from this hazardous work and direct the state to arrange education and other basic care for them. One important reason behind child labour is poverty in the family. The north eartern states must be advised to implement their prvery alliviation programmes effectively so that the parents get wages and do not send the children to work. Finally, the state government of Meghalaya should make necessary arrangement for promulgation of CLPRA and formation of SLSC.

With regards,


Dr. Mohanlal Panda

Advisor, PVCHR

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