Friday, 4 October 2013

Delhi government rapped for not rescuing child labourers

TNN | Sep 26, 2013, 11.34 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Thursday summoned the chief secretary and other senior officers of the government for their failure to comply with the court's earlier order to conduct raids and rescue child labourers in the city.

A bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Manmohan in an order directed the chief secretary and the secretary of the labour department to explain why the orders were not executed befor ethe court. the reasons for non-compliance of directions.

"We are not satisfied with the explanation given by the government counsel. It is unfortunate that the scheme-formulated by the government, child rights commission, and NGOs-has not been followed. We have no option but to direct the labour secretary and chief secretary to explain why raids are not being conducted to rescue children despite directions," the bench said.

The bench passed the order after senior counsel H S Phoolka, appearing for NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan, placed before the court a list of pending complaints since July 31, 2013. He alleged that out of 17 complaints made in 2011, only four complaints have been attended to by the labour department.

The lawyer also said the city government had, in co-ordination with other departments, formulated the Delhi Action Plan for abolition of child labour in 2009 but the same has not been implemented yet. He added that, officers have failed to comply with the court's order to rescue at least 500 children per month to eradicate child labour completely.


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