An awareness camp cum debate competition on 'child labour' was organized by Department of Labour, in collaboration with Nirvana Academy at Bharatiya Vidya Mandir (BVM) High School, here today.
Tehsildar Ramban, Gurpreet Singh, Assistant Labour Commissioner (ALC), Ramban Ganshyam Basorta and Deputy Chief Education Officer (Dy CEO) Ramban Bal Ji Thaploo besides principal of the school Pardeep Singh Thakur were present on the occasion.
As many as six students from the school participated in the debate competition.
Speaking on the occasion Tehsildar Ramban, Gurpreet Singh laid stress on the dire need to protect the children from labour when they need to study in schools.
He said that labour department should work in liaison with education department and various NGO's to trace the whereabouts of the school dropouts who may be probable child labours.
The Tehsildar stressed on generating more awareness to curb the problem of child labour and protecting the rights and interests of minors.
ALC Ganshyam Basotra apprised the students and staff about a number of welfare schemes which can be handy for rehabilitation of children. He said that it is a need of hour to strictly deal with it and stringent action under the Law should be taken against those found guilty of employing minors as labourers.
He further stressed the need for ensuring that the provisions of various Acts for labour welfare are implemented in letter and spirit and there is strict adherence to norms by the organisations.
Bal Ji Thaploo said that to keep check on this practice, the education department has started several schemes including free education, mid-day meal, free uniform and books for the students in government education institutions.
Principal of the school thanked all the dignitaries present and requested the Labour department and Nirvana Academy Chief Organiser Tahir Mushtaq to conduct such programmes in future as well.
In the debate competition Shakshi Parihar, Parinita Puri and Yudhveer Singh Chib won the first, second and third prize respectively. The stage proceedings were conducted Meenu Puri.