A non-government organisation (NGO) has taken up the onus of fighting the menace of child labour in East Singhbhum with law enforcement agencies turning a blind eye to the ordeal of underage workers.
Jamshedpur-based Bal Majdoor Mukti Seva Sansthan on Wednesday constituted a dedicated 50-member team to crackdown on establishments employing child labourers.
The team will conduct raids across the district, mainly in industrial areas, gather evidence against those violating child rights and submit documents to the district administration for further action. Also, the team, which has members from each locality of the steel city, will have a helpline number soon.
“We will circulate members’ names with their mobile numbers and also set up a 24x7 helpline number,” said NGO’s chief patron Sadan Kumar Thakur.
Also, the NGO will also go to court if the administration fails to take action on their complaints in this regard.
“Last year, we carried out a survey in Jamshedpur and nearby Adityapur industrial area and found that 17,000 children were working with various units in hazardous conditions. But the administration has done little to protect these minor workers. So, we have taken up the responsibility,” added Sadan.
A large number of children were found to be working at roadside hotels, eateries, shops and private firms across the city.
The outfit, he added, submitted the report to the East Singhbhum administration for action, but to no avail.