Can’t think of development leaving crores of children behind: Kailash Satyarthi

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Union Minister Santosh Gangwar discussed in detail the steps taken by the Government of India to save children from the ill-effects of Kovid-19.

Kailash Satyarthi called upon the government, society, private sector and civil society to make a joint effort to end child labor.

New Delhi. The government, society, private sector and civil society need to make a united effort to eliminate child labor. Nobel Peace Prize awardee Kailash Satyarthi said in a program today that the development of the country cannot be thought of leaving behind crores of children. Union Labor and Employment Minister Santosh Gangwar, who was involved in this program, said that the central government is taking many steps to save children from the ill effects of Kovid-19.

Kailash Satyathi, Union Minister Gangwar, Assistant Adviser to NITI Aayog, Shri SB Muniraju, Haryana in a national discussion on ‘Covid-19 and eradication of child labor’ by Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) on the eve of International Anti Child Labor Day. Former Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Sameer Mathur, Executive Director of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Mr. Dhananjay Tingal, besides senior officials of State Child Rights Commission and Labor Department also spoke. This discussion was conducted online.

On this occasion, Santosh Gangwar discussed in detail the steps taken by the Government of India to save children from the ill-effects of Kovid-19. Gangwar said, “His government is trying its best to address the challenges arising out of the Kovid-19 pandemic. In view of the possibilities of increase in the incidence of child labor due to the ill effects of the epidemic on the economy, we have to be alert to ensure the safety of our children that this calamity does not push our children towards child labor. ” Kailash Satyarthi Called upon the government, society, private sector and civil society to make a joint effort to end child labour. Describing the Ministries, Civil Societies, Corporate and Non-Governmental Institutions as members of “Team India Against Child Labour”, he said, “How can we think about the development of the country leaving behind crores of children? This is not acceptable. It would be against humanity. The COVID-19 pandemic has left our children most vulnerable. There has been an unprecedented increase in child labor during the first 4 years of the pandemic. This is an alarm bell. We need to take bold steps now for child protection and add health as the fourth wheel of development, which includes education, poverty alleviation and eradication of child labour.”

With the aim of eliminating child labor, people involved in the discussion stressed on the need to constitute an action plan as well as the formation of a task force. It is noteworthy that the suggestions, solutions and ideas presented in the symposium for the eradication of child labor will be sent to the Government of India.




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