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Publication:Mumbai Mirror; Date:Oct 27, 2006; Section:City; Page Number:7


Report child labour or else ...

Registrations of housing societies will be cancelled if they fail to inform authorities after spotting any child labourers in their area

SANTOSH ANDHALE 

    The responsibility to wipe out child labour from the city households will now also rest with housing societies. The labour commissioner's office has planned to rope in the secretaries and members of the societies to inform them about the households that employ children below 14 years of age as domestic helps.

    Labour Commissioner B D Sanap warned the societies that their registrations would be cancelled if the labour officials found any child working as a domestic help in their areas.

    Sanap said: "We can't check each and every house to find out if children have been employed there. Therefore, the housing societies will be entrusted with the responsibility to inform the department if they find any household or hotel employing children."

    Incidentally, several NGOs, police, local administration and the officials of the education and children's welfare are already part of the task force, which aims at eradicating child labour from the city.

    The department sources said the proposal to include housing societies in the anti-child labour campaign came after it was discovered that children continued to be employed in households and hotels. The government has banned child labour in 15 industries.

    Sanap had recently told Mumbai Mirror that it was difficult but not impossible for the department to get child labourers out of the sweaty workshops and put them into schools.

    The sources said that to begin with they would concentrate on various areas in south Mumbai where around 10,000 child labourers are still employed.

WHAT HOUSING SOCIETIES SAY

We support the labour department decision. If we come to know that children have been employed as domestic help in households, we will definitely inform the authorities. But I don't think we have any child labourers in the society

Tulsidas Sanghavi, president, Savita Co Operative Housing Society, Ghatkopar This is a good decision of the labour department, which will surely put an end to the child labour.We have seen child labourers in several households, but thankfully, there are not any in our housing society

Kisan Chakor, president, Gokuldham Cooperative Housing Society, Tardeo We will inform our society people about the order of the labour department

Chandrkant Wairkar, Secretary, Dattani Park Co Operative Housing society, Kandivali

CRACKING THE WHIP Labour Commissioner B D Sanap

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