Saturday, August 23, 2014

Awareness on Child Labour and Labour laws at Mangan

MANGAN, 22 Aug: An awareness programme on Child Labour was conducted here at Zilla Bhawan Mangan in North Sikkim on 21 August which was organized by the Labour Department, Government of Sikkim.  Awareness on Implementation of Building & Other Construction Workers (RECS) Act 1996 was also held during the programme.
The Joint Commissioner, DS Kunwar underlined about the Prohibition & Regulation Act, 1986 on Child Labour according to which children below the age of 14 years should not be engaged in domestic works, construction site, hotel, tea shops, etc.
The JC further informed that the act defines a child as any person who has not completed his fourteenth
year of age. He further stressed that if anyone violates the act he/she will be punished with a fine of Rs. 20,000 or imprisonment of one to two years.
Mr. Kunwar also highlighted on Implementation of Building & Other Construction Workers (RECS) Act 1996 that the registered beneficiaries (labour) will be covered under an insurance policy worth Rs. 1 lakh in case of accidental death and also added that the beneficiaries will get other welfare facilities based on their needs like medicine, injury compensation, etc.
Likewise, Secretary Labour Deptt, KK Pradhan highlighted that the Child Labour Act passed during the year 1986 has been implemented all over the country and further stated that children should be playing and studying instead of working.
The ADC North, Raj Yadav also underlined that there should be more awareness among the people in order to eradicate child labour and urged all to help in implementing this act and eradicating child labour.
An interaction session was also held where queries made by the students and the panchayats were explained by the Board.
The chief guest, Chairman, Labour Welfare Board, Govt of Sikkim, Topda Bhutia said that the information on child labour and labour laws shared during the programme are essential for all and urged for cooperation from the public regarding the implementation of the same.
Earlier, the function was welcomed by Asst. Labour Commissioner, BP Bhattarai and ended with the vote of thanks by Labour Inspector, Arjun Kumar Sharma. The function was attended by District officials, Panchayat members, Members of Mangan Nagar Panchayat, students from Mangan SSS, and the general public.

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