The Government of Tamil Nadu has been in the forefront in the fight against the evil of child labour by taking a proactive stand on eradication of Child Labour and initiating measures to
tackle the problem of child labour in a systematic and effective manner. In 2002, the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, while announcing the 15 Point Programme to
make Tamil Nadu the best state in the country, included Child Labour Eradication as one of the 15 Points Programme.
In 1981 census, it was estimated that there were 9.75 lakh child workers in Tamil Nadu, in 1991 census, 5.78 lakh, in 2001 Census, 4.188 lakh and in 2011 census,1.51 lakh child workers.
In 2003, SSA was directed by Government to undertake a survey on child labour among the out of school children. Age, Occupation, Community and Gender-wise survey was undertaken. The Survey revealed a total figure of 70,344 child labour in Tamil Nadu.
Subsequently, the survey conducted by Sarva Shiksha Abiyan (SSA), Tamil Nadu has placed the number of out of school children with earning compulsion as indicated below.
No. of out of School children (with earning compulsion)
Child Labour Monitoring Cell
A Child Labour Monitoring Cell had been formed in the office of the Commissioner of Labour in 1997. District Child Labour Rehabilitation-cum-Welfare Societies have been formed in all the Districts.
The Action Plan for Eradication of Child Labour:-
Government approved a State Action Plan for Eradication of Child Labour in G.O. (Ms) No.53 of the Labour and Employment Department dated. 12.05.2003.
A State Child Labour Rehabilitation cum Welfare Society was formed vide G.O. (Ms.) No.116, Labour and Employment Department, dated 08.10.2003 for the implementation of the Eradication of Child Labour in the State of Tamil Nadu.
An Action Plan to eradicate child labour in Domestic and Hospitality sector has been approved as per G.O. (2D) No.7, dated 6.2.2007, Labour & Employment Department, Chennai-9.
LEGAL PROVISIONS FOR PROHIBITION OF CHILD LABOUR
(i) The Factories Act, 1948:
The Act prohibits the employment of a child in a factory who has not completed 14 years
(ii) The Apprentices Act, 1961:
A person shall not be qualified for being engaged as an Apprentice unless he is not less than 14 years of age.
(iii) Plantation Labour Act, 1951:
Child means a person who has not completed his 14th year
(iv) The Mines Act, 1952:
The Act prohibits the employment of a child below 16 years of age for work below ground.
(v)) The Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986:
The Act prohibits the employment of a child who has not completed his 14th year of age in any of the occupations set forth in part A of the schedule or in any workshop wherein any of the processes set forth in Part B of the Schedule are carried on.
(vi) The Motor Transport Workers Act, 1961:
The Act prohibits the employment of Children less than 14 years of age in any motor transport undertaking.
(vii) The Beedi and Cigar Workers (Conditions of Employment) Act, 1966:
The Act prohibits the employment of children less than 14 years of age in any industrial premises manufacturing beedi or cigar.
(viii) The Tamil Nadu Shops and Establishments Act, 1947:
The Act prohibits employment of a Child who has not completed 14 years of age
(ix) The Tamil Nadu Catering Establishments Act, 1958:
The Act prohibits employment of a Child who have not completed 16 years of age.
(x) The Tamil Nadu Handloom Workers (Conditions of Employment and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1981
The Act prohibits employment of Child who has not completed 16 years of age
(xi) The Tamil Nadu Manual Workers (Regulation of Employment and conditions of work) 1982
The Act prohibits employment of Children who have not completed 16 years of age in any scheduled employment.
Tamil Nadu Government have initiated various measures towards alleviating poverty among the families of child labour
With the view to extend the benefits provided under the various welfare schemes of the unorganised workers welfare boards to the eligible child labour families also, all the subordinate officers of the Labour Department have been requested to enroll the parents of child labour as members in the various Boards.
All the District Collectors were advised to give preference to the families of the child labour in the poverty alleviation programmes and schemes
A District Level Task Force under the Chairmanship of the District Collector is functioning in all the Districts of the State from 14.11.2007. This task force substituted the District Committee for Enforcement which were functioning in the District.
Inspection teams formed under the above task force are conducting inspections in all hazardous, non-hazardous occupations, shops & establishments, all types of catering establishments and factories including domestic employment.
Apart from the raids conducted by the District level Task force, regular inspections are carried out by the Inspectors of Labour and Factories Departments.
The details of enforcement under Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986 and other allied Acts during the period from 2001 to 2013 and 2014 are furnished below:-
2015 (upto May)
Fine amount imposed
3 months imprisonment
6 months imprisonment
Children rescued from work
During the month of January 2015 enforcement officials in the districts have carried out special raids/ inspections with a view to vigorously enforce the laws prohibiting employment of children. 7339 inspections were carried out and 40 children were rescued from employment and rehabilitated.
In order to create mass awareness among the public in connection with the Anti Child Labour Day on 12th June 2015 special raids were conducted on 10.06.2015 and 11.06.2015. During the raids 3828 inspection were conducted and 11 contraventions notice. 12 Children were rescued from work and out of them 1 child was admitted in NCLP special training centre, 8 children were handed over to Child Welfare Committee and the remaining 3 children were re admitted in regular schools.
In Tamil Nadu 161 categories of officials from various Departments have been notified as Inspectors under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 as per section 17 of the said act.
Some Success Stories
The steps taken by the State and Central Governments for eradicating child labour in Tamil Nadu has contributed to significant reduction of child labour in the State. Some of the success stories are given below:
Many mainstreamed children of National Child Labour Project Special Training Centres (NCLP STCs) have achieved academic excellence in 10th and 12th board examinations.
Some of the mainstreamed Children have been employed as Software Engineers, School teachers, Police constables in Border Security Force, etc.,
More than 100 mainstreamed children of National Child Labour Project Special Training Centres (NCLP STCs) are presently studying in Engineering Colleges
Mr. M. Ramalingam of Namakkal rescued from power loom in 2004, Mr. M. Moorthy of Dharmapuri rescued from construction works in 2005 have joined MBBS course in 2011. Selvi. R. Vidya has joined in B.V.Sc., course in 2011.
Mr. Mohan and Ms. Vidya who were rescued from silver anklet industry in Salem are presently working as Software Engineers.
Mr. M. Ramalingam, a Medical Student and Mr. Mohan, a Software Engineer, who were rescued from employment, participated in the Second SAARC Regional Workshop on Child Labour organised by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation during 29-31, May 2013 at New Delhi. They shared their experience of rescue and rehabilitation by the Government of Tamil Nadu. All the participants appreciated the proactive steps taken by the State Government.
During the 150th Birthday Celebration of Swami. Vivekananda, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu gave a cash prize and certificate to Selvi. K. Manju, studying in National Child Labour Project Special Training Centre (NCLP STC), Chennai, who got first place in the recitation contest.
Mr. Jeyakumar of Chennai rescued from mechanic work is doing 3rd Year B.L., in Dr. Ambedkar Law College and Mrs. Rajeshwari of Virudhunagar rescued from match works is working as Head Mistress in Government School at Ramnad district.
Selvan. Kavin, aged 12 years, studying in National Child Labour Project Special Training Centre (NCLP STC) was given Young Scientist award by his Excellency Governor of Tamil Nadu Dr. K. Rosaiah on 09.12.2013 for his paper on 'Waste of Human Energy' selected for the National Children Science Congress.
Tmt. Deepa, an erstwhile student of NCLP STC rescued from match industry, is working as teacher n Jayagopal Karodia Higher Secondary School, Nanganallur, Kanchipuram District.
Thiru. C. Shankar, an erstwhile student of NCLP STC rescued from construction work, is working as Assistant Manager, BNB Paribash Investment bank, Alwarpet, Chennai.
Thiru. C. Mayakannan, an erstwhile student of NCLP STC rescued from match industry, is working as Assistant Loco pilot, Southern Railway.
In 12th Standard public examination held in March, 2015, Selvan. V. Karthick of Dharmapuri rescued from construction work scored 1156 marks out of 1200, Selvi V. Mahalakshmi of Trichy District rescued from domestic work scored 1142 marks out of 1200 and Selvi C. Muthuselvi of Virudhunagar District rescued from fire works scored 1135 marks out of 1200.
In 10th Standard public examination held in March, 2015 Selvi. V. Indhumathi of Namakkal rescued from power loom scored 490 marks out of 500 , Selvi B. Keerthika of Salem district rescued from brickiln work scored 485 marks out of 500 and Selvan K. Sakthivel of Krishnagiri district rescued from construction work scored 484 marks out of 500.
Selvan. V. Karthick of Dharmapuri district rescued from construction work who has scored 1156 marks out of 1200 has secured a medical seat in the Government Mohan Kumaramankalam Medical College during the current academic year 2015-16.
The Commissioner of Labour has written personally letters of appreciation to the 112 former National Child Labour Project, special training centre children who had scored more than 400 marks in the 10th std Public Examination and to the 27 former National Child Labour Project, special training centre children who had scored more than 1000 marks in the 12th std Public Examination.
ACTION PLAN FOR ERADICATION OF CHILD LABOUR IN DOMESTIC AND HOSPITALITY SECTOR
The Child Labour ( Prohibition and Regulation ) Act, 1986 prohibits employment of children in occupations and processes listed in part ?A and B of the Schedule to the Act.
The Government of India, in its notification dated 10.10.2006 has included in the schedule to the said Act in part A under the heading occupations the following occupations as serial No. 14 and 15:
(i) Employment of children as domestic workers or servants;
(ii) Employment of children in dhabas ( road ? side eateries),
restaurants, hotels. motels, tea-shops, resorts, spas or other recreational centers
Strategies for the Eradication of Child Labour 1.Identification of Children engaged in domestic work and in Hotels, Motels, road side eateries, tea shops, resorts, spas and recreational centres:
A well planned Survey to be conducted in all the establishments and households simultaneously through out the State.
Survey teams have to be formed for inspecting the establishments and for conducting the survey in households.
District Collectors may fix the dates for conducting survey in their districts.
A micro-planning exercise need to be undertaken to identify available resources and infrastructure.
All the Government Department officers and Bill Collectors, Electricity Board Field personnel, School Teachers, Noon Meal organizers, ICDS Field Staff, Health workers, Arivoli Volunteers, NCLP/INDUS Project Special School Teachers, Community workers, Field officers, NSS/NCC Volunteers, Self Help group members, Makkal Nala Paniyalarkal (MNP) and Local
bodies should be used for conducting the survey.
A database should be created on the number of working children and profile of parents.
If a child labour is identified Child Line ? 1098 could be informed for rescue and rehabilitation of the child.
In districts where Child Line is not operational a complaint cell should be in the Collectorate to receive the complaint and take necessary action.
RDOs in the District may be made responsible for rescue and rehabilitation of Child Labour
2.Release and rescue of child labour in domestic work and in Hotels, Motels, road side eateries, tea shops, resorts, spas and recreational centres:-
When a child is identified in the survey, who has been engaged in the domestic work other than the child?s family, should be immediately rescued and
Identify native place/State if the children are migrants
Identify the parents/guardians to hand over the child
Child-friendly procedure must be adopted during the rescue operations
If the child needs care and protection, then the child should be admitted in Hostels run by Social Welfare Department, Adi Dravida Welfare Hostels and Backward Class Welfare Hostels and the Hostels run by the Non Governmental Organizations and residential camps run by the SSA.
If the children are residing with the parents, they should be admitted in the NCLP/INDUS special schools/ Alternative Innovative Education Centre/ Education Guarantee Scheme/ under SSA.
Motivation camps may be conducted for one week for all the children who have been released from the employers and to be admitted in special
schools/ regular schools
Health check up and counseling should be conducted for all the children who have been released and rescued.
3.Mainstreaming of Child labour into formal school and follow up the mainstreamed children:
SSA may extend all the benefits to these children which are provided to out of school children for mainstreaming them from the NCLP/INDUS schools.
The mainstreamed children should be followed up so that they are retained in schools.
Tuition support, spoken English classes, Computer classes may be organized for the mainstreamed children
School Counselors may be appointed @ one per hundred children so that they counsel the parents and children
Summer camps, workshops on different themes may be conducted for them
4.Vocational Training and continuing education for children who cannot be mainstreamed into formal schools:
All the children who undergo the bridge course in the special schools/TECs/SSA Programmes may not get mainstreamed into regular schools. Vocational Training may be imparted to such children so that they can find alternative employment for survival .
The District Enforcement Committee which has been formed in all the Districts should organize as many numbers of Inspection teams and conduct raids in all the hazardous forms of employment.
The children identified during the raids should be added to the existing data and the profiles of the children rescued in raids should be maintained.
All the domestic workers should be compulsorily registered by the Labour Department
There should be a self certification method by Flat owners Associations to declare that no child is employed in their residential campus and this should be monitored by the Labour Department.
The Food Inspectors of the Districts and Municipalities should certify that there are no children engaged in the Hotels, restaurants, Motels, road side eateries etc.
Wherever Child Labour cases are identified, enforcement authorities should register cases and give wide publicity.
Widespread awareness should be created to result in a positive impact for children to go to school and not to work.
Cinema slides may be prepared on domestic child labour by the Labour Department and screened in all the Theatres
The various target groups viz., teachers, parents, public, employers, contractors, Government officials should be sensitized on the rights of the children .
The local folk, print and electronic media should be effectively utilized to create awareness on the child labour.
N.S.S, N.C.C, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Self Help groups and school children should be sensitized on the issue.
A topic on ?Child Labour? may be incorporated in the curriculum of the students from VI to XII standard.
Anti Child Labour Day is already observed on 12th June and it should be observed in future to create massive awareness among the public.
A short feature film on child labour with subtle and subliminal message can be prepared by the State Child Labour Rehabilitation cum Welfare Society and it can be screened through satellite channels apart from using the machinery of Information Department to screen it in all the villages repeatedly
Separate pavilion for disseminating awareness on child labour in all the exhibitions and fairs.
Awareness through jingles and quickies in Audio visual channels ( FM Radio, TV etc).
Child labour families, Village Education Committee members should be trained. Training may also be imparted to the representatives of the local bodies and Self Help group members.
Enforcement agencies including labour and Factories departments, Education Department and SSA, Social Defence, Social welfare, Rural Development, Non Governmental organizations, Trade unions, Employers, Teachers and Teachers? Associations should be trained at the district level.
At the State level, District Collectors, Revenue officers, judicial officers, and media should be trained.
The Services of Administrative Training Institute / Training Institutes for Rural and Urban bodies and Gandhi Gram Training Institute may be utilized for the purpose of imparting training on Child Labour.
Village Education Committee should prevent child labour, identify child labour and enroll them in schools, rehabilitate the child labour family, track the children who are enrolled in school.
This committee shall implement the child labour monitoring system in the village.
The local bodies/Village Education Committee should strive for declaring their village/ward/ Town Panchayat / Panchayat union/ Municipality C
orporations child labour free.
9.Targeted implementation of Development Schemes/programmes
Convergence of development schemes in the district to benefit child labour families.
Focusing on rescued Child Labour in the utilization of special funds like Tamilnadu Manual Workers Social Security and Welfare Fund, Beedi Workers Welfare Fund, etc.
Parents of rescued child labour may be given priority in the existing poverty alleviation and self-employment schemes and other ongoing Government Schemes.
To supplement income loss, mothers of rescued child labour to be given appropriate skill training and encouraged to become members of women's self-help groups.
Strict enforcement of Minimum Wages Act.
10.Involvement of Employers/Trade Unions/civil society/NGOs.A. Trade Unions
Identify establishments employing children within their sphere of influence and report to the jurisdictional inspectors appointed under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regualtion) Act, 1986 and other labour laws.
Educate the society to discourage the employment of children and support qualitative free and compulsory education.
Steps to be taken to enhance the awareness among their members and cadres about child rights and eradication of child labour.
B. Employers? Associations:
The Employers? Associations including the Chambers of Commerce may influence their members not to employ children in any of the activities.
They should also sponsor schemes / programmes to help in the rehabilitation of the released child labour.
C. Non-Governmental Organization:
To assist the State / District authorities for the successful implementation of the Action Plan and to act as a resource base in the district.
To counsel and motivate the parents to send their children to schools.
To inform authorities about the areas of concentration of child labour and to assist the Government machinery to identify, withdraw, enroll in schools and rehabilitate child labourers.
To liaise with the Government machinery to rehabilitate the released child labour through special schools/Alternative schools.
To create awareness on the importance of child rights and to create an enabling atmosphere for the exercise of such rights by the children themselves by forming children clubs.>
In addition to the specific measures under the Action Plan, convergence of the existing services of the following departments, Non Government Organizations and other bodies is essential to eradicate child labour:
Municipal Admin. Department
Rural Development Dept
Social Welfare Department
Public Works And Highways Dept
Information And Public Relations Department
Adi Dravida And Tribal Welfare Department
Social Defence Department
NGO?s and Other Organizations
12. Implementation of the Action Plan at the District Level:
In all the 17 districts where National Child Labour Projects and INDUS Child Labour Projects are being implemented, National Child Labour Projects Societies have been formed comprising of the departmental officers concerned under the chairmanship of the District Collector. These Societies will be responsible for implementing the Action Plan for the Eradication of Child Labour at the District level.
In other districts, Child Labour Rehabilitation cum Welfare Societies have been constituted for assisting the children identified in the hazardous and non-hazardous establishments. These Societies will be responsible for implementing the Action Plan for Eradication of Child Labour at the District level.
At The State Level
A State Child Labour Rehabilitation cum Welfare Society has already been registered under the Chairmanship of the Commissioner of Labour. This Society will be responsible for the implementation of the State Action Plan for the Eradication of Child Labour.
A Monitoring cell/State Resource Cell has already been constituted at the Office of the Commissioner of Labour. The cell is monitoring the activities relating to the eradication of child Labour as per the directions of the Supreme Court. This cell is undertaking the Secretarial work of the State Child Labour Rehabilitation cum Welfare Society and it will continue to do so.
For conducting the awareness and training programmes Government may allocate funds to the State Child Labour Rehabilitation cum Welfare Society to disseminate information on the Domestic Child Labour and children who are engaged in Hotels/Motels/Roadside eateries/ Tea Shops/ Spas/ Recreational centers, etc., Community/private/corporate sponsorship for the programmes may also be probed.
At the District level, the District Committee headed by the District Collector may receive the funds from the State Government, Government of India and Private/Corporate sponsorship.
In addition to the funds under the action plan, the funds available under the regular budget schemes of various departments should be utilized giving priority for the activities connected with the eradication of child labour.
14. Monitoring Mechanism:
Monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the action plan will be done at the district and the state levels. Continuous feedback is essential to take timely corrective action and implement the programme effectively and efficiently .
A State Authority on Child Labour has already been formed under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary with the other Secretaries concerned as members. The authority meets once in six months to review the implementation of the Action Plan for the eradication of child labour and make appropriate recommendations to achieve the targets of eradication of child labour in Tamil Nadu.
Documentation and dissemination of success stories are paramount. Periodical and independent evaluation will be caused by the Society and reports placed before the Government.
On 12th June, Anti Child Labour Day Message from Hon'ble Chief Minister is being published in many English and local language Newspapers to create mass awareness among public.
In the annual All India Industrial and Tourism Trade fair held at Island Grounds, Chennai from December to March every year, awareness is generated among the Public through anti child labour audio Jingles, hoardings, Banners and Puppet shows.
In the 41st All India Industrial and Tourism Trade Fair held during January to March 2015 at Island Grounds in Chennai, a signature campaign on awareness on elimination of child labour was organised. In that signature campaign 64,562 general public have signed the pledge against the employment of child labour.
Anti Child labour Slogans and short films are telecast in all local cable networks in the Districts
During the year 2015 Anti Child Labour Day awareness has been created through SMS, Cinema slides, Signature campaign, local cable T.V, All India Radio, Rallies, Folk cultural programmes, Hand bills, Hoardings at main bus stands, Railway stations and letters to 1 lakh Students etc.
A state level anti-child labour awareness meeting was held on 12.06.2015 in Kanchipuram. The Secretary to Government Labour and Employment Department, The Commissioner of Labour, District Collector of Kanchipuram, The Director of Industrial Safety and Health, Member of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly, Local Body Members, officials from various departments and school children have participated in the meeting. Awards were distributed to
the mainstreamed students of the Special Training Centres of National Child Labour Projects who secured high marks in the 10th and 12th standard public examinations. Awards were also given to one best educational Instructor from each NCLP district, one Inspector of Labour, one Deputy Director of Industrial Safety and Health, one NCLP project director and two field officers for their good performance in their area of work. Some of the erstwhile NCLP STC children presently Mrs. Deepa, working as a Teacher(Post graduate- Maths) in Government Girls Higher Secondary school at Nanganallor, Mr. Sankar,Assistant Branch Maneger in a Inter national Investment Bank at Chennai and the state rank holder among the Children mainstreamed from NCLP Mr.Karthik were shared their experience were felicitated.
Anti child labour day pledge
Award to Educational Instructor of NCLP
Award to Ms. Mahalakshmi, a NCLP Student of Trichy district who scored 1142 marks in 12th Public Examination during 2014-15.
The Commissioner of labour Tmt.P.Amudha IAS distributed mementoes to the children participated in the programme
Experience sharing by Mr.V.Karthik who scored 1156 in 12th std
Signature Campaign at Dharmapuri
Anti Child Labour Day pledge taken by the School Students of Tiruppur
Special Grama sabha organised at a village in Virudhunagar District
In order to enhance the life skills of the special school children, ?Life Skill Training? was imparted to all special school teachers in the NCLP districts of Tamil Nadu with financial support of ILO and Unicef. Learning Material on Life skill module was provided to all special schools.
State level and District level trainings on Science experiments were conducted to Special school teachers of National Child Labour Project with the support of Unicef to help them teach Special School children Science lessons easily and to keep the classrooms interesting and active.
Trainings were conducted for all the special school teachers by AID INDIA, a non governmental organization, in 8 batches in the month of January 2009. On Completion of training, all special schools were provided with an ?Eurekha Science Kit? by Unicef.
Trainings on Mathematics was imparted to NCLP Special School teachers in 36 batches at 8 training centres with financial support of Unicef. Maths kits were provided to all special schools by Unicef.
A One Day Workshop for Judicial Officers, Asst. Public Prosecutors, Medical Officers, Inspectors of Labour and Inspectors of Factories was conducted in collaboration with Tamil Nadu State Judicial Academy on 19.9.2009.
A Craft training was conducted at Don Bosco Anbu Illam from 22.10.2009 to 24.10.2009 for Chennai NCLP children.
A Theatre training was conducted at Royapuram Boys Home for 125 children from 4.11.2009 to 11.11.2009.
A Capacity Building Training was conducted on 18.3.2010 and 19.3.2010 for National Child Labour Project Directors, Field Officers and Accountants
National Child Labour Project (NCLP):-
In Tamil Nadu, National Child Labour Projects(NCLP) are functioning in 15 Districts viz., Chennai, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Dharmapuri, Erode, Krishnagiri, Kancheepuram, Namakkal, Thoothukkudi, Tirunelveli, Trichy, Thiruvannamalai, Salem, Vellore and Virudhunagar Districts.
As on 31.05.2015, 10,832 erstwhile child labourers and out of school children were studying in 259 Special Training Centres.
So far 98,155 children were mainstreamed into regular schools from the inception of the project.
Stipend of Rs.150/- p.m., Educational Materials, Free Medical Check up etc. are provided to NCLP children.
Free Uniform, Text book, Bag, Chart, Cheppal, Teaching learning materials, free Bus Pass to the needy children and Mid-day Meal with egg are provided by the State Government to all the NCLP Children.
CHILD LABOUR MONITORING SYSTEM
As per the announcement made by the Hon?ble Minister for Labour in the Legislative Assembly on 25.4.2008, training and capacity building programme to implement the Child Labour Monitoring System in Tamil Nadu was carried out utilizing the funds of ILO.
The State level trainers training was conducted at Chennai and Madurai for District level officials of Labour, Factories, SSA, Village Panchayat, Town Panchayat and continuing education scheme officials.
District level, block level training on Child Labour monitoring system was imparted to district level and block level officials of all departments involved in eradication of child labour and for the Rural and urban local bodies on child labour monitoring system.
A pilot programme was lanched in Virudhunagar to implement this system.
MIGRANT CHILD LABOUR
A Rapid Assessment survey on Children of migrant labour in construction industry in Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram Districts and in other sectors like Brick klins, Rice mill and quarries was under taken.
A State level Stake holders Workshop on Migrant Child Labour was organized on 27th and 28th of January 2010
A draft Action Plan for Rehabilitation of the children of Migrant Labour in Tamilnadu has been drawn out and sent to Government for approval.
CHILD LABOUR IN COTTON INDUSTRY
Unicef has undertaken a Comprehensive Child Protection Project to improve the quality of life for children working in Cotton industry
The Project has been implemented in Salem and Dharmapuri Districts in Tamil Nadu for 5 years from 2010 to 2014.
The Project was inaugurated on 4.11.2009 by Principal Secretary to Government, Labour and Employment Department.
This Project focuses on working children up to 14 years of age in the Cotton and Cotton seed growing occupations.
State level monitoring is done by the Commissioner of Labour.
Government had issued orders in G.O. (Ms) No.60 Labour and Employment Department dated 20.05.2003 for issuing a State Award in the form of a shield to the District Collector whose performance in eradicating child labour, was the best. The following District Collectors were presented with this award.
2003 - District Collector, Coimbatore,
2004 - District Collector, Salem.
2005 - District Collector, Virudhunagar
2006 - District Collector, Krishnagiri.
2007 - District Collector, Vellore
2008 - District Collector, Dharmapuri.
2009 - District Collector, Salem
2010 - District Collector, Dharmapuri.
Hon'ble Chief Minister presented the awards to the District Collectors of Dharmapuri and Vellore for the good performance in eradication of child labour for the years 2011 and 2012, respectively during the Collector’s Conference held on 13.12.2013.
The Government have directed that the Children rescued from employment could be admitted into the hostels run by the Adi-dravida and Tribal Welfare Department any time without any restriction vide G.O. (Ms) No.71, Adi-dravida and Tribal Welfare Department, dated 09.06.2006.
Similar Government order had been issued by Backward Class, Most Backward Class and Minorities Classes Department, vide G.O. (Ms) No.84, dated 07.09.2007.
The benefits like free uniforms (4 sets), free text books, school bag, atlas, geometry box, crayons, maps/chart and cheppal that are provided to regular school children are also provided to children in NCLP special training centres by the State Government. Also free bus pass to needy NCLP special training centre children are given.
In addition to mid-day meal, 5 eggs / bananas are also provided to children in NCLP special training centres by the State Government.
Government have issued orders in G.O. (D) No.215, Labour and Employment (U1) Department, dated 20.06.2008, a cash award of Rs.3,000/- for a Best Educational Instructor from each NCLP district for their best performance in the special training centres.
Government have issued orders in G.O. (D) No.342, Labour and Employment (U1) Department, dated 10.06.2010, an award for one Inspector of Labour, one Deputy Director of Industrial Safety and Health, one Project Director and two Field Officers for their best performance in eradication of child labour.
A cash award of Rs.5000/- (first), Rs.3000/- (second) and Rs.2000/- (third) to the high scoring mainstreamed NCLP special training centre children in the board examinations of 10th and 12th Standards.
The monthly cash assistance of Rs.250/- has been enhanced to Rs.500/- for all mainstreamed children of National Child Labour Project Special Training Centres (NCLP STCs) who pursue higher studies in Arts colleges,
polytechnics and professional colleges till they complete the course, vide G.O. (Rt.) No.4, Labour and Employment Department, dated 05.01.2012. 293 children were benefited with a cash assistance of Rs.17.58 lakhs in 2011-12,
566 children were benefited with a cash assistance of Rs.33.96 lakhs in 2012-13, 876 children were benefited with a cash assistance of Rs.52.56 lakhs in 2013-14, 1008 children were benefited with a cash assistance of Rs.60.48 lakhs in 2014-15.