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Jul 27, 2009

Efforts to abolish child labour in Coimbatore

District Collector P. Umanath has urged all stakeholders to take steps to help abolish child labour in the district.A meeting was held here recently with representatives of industrial bodies, hotel owners and trade union members, according to an official release.

Speaking at the meeting, the Collector said industries and commercial establishments should have a notice board at the entrance of the establishment mentioning the minimum age requirement for employment in their units. Those outsourcing work to smaller units (vendors and sub-contractors) should take an undertaking that the smaller units did not employ child workers.

In the textile units, where a large number of women from other districts were employed, the employers should have the age certificate of the workers.Child labour was almost abolished in hazardous and large-scale units in the district. Efforts were on the abolish child labour in other sectors too. By adopting these measures, industries could help the district become child labour-free. In the case of specific complaints of employment of children in any unit the public should inform the district administration.

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