According a census on year 2001, 4.19 lakh child laborers were identified as against 1.26 crore throughout India. T.M. Anbarasu , Labor Minister of Tamilnadu has told this in a function held on World Child Labors day last month.He also told that State Government had allocated Rs.50 lakh for eradicating child labor in the current financial year(2008). And now the child labor strength is considerably reducing. Now we can able to see some awareness among peoples.
Sivakasi located in Dharmapuri district,TamilNadu was well known for child labour. Few years back almost all the children from the nearby villages were working in the fireworks and matchbox factories.After some serios actions from the government and some initiatives from NGO’s helped the childrens to go back to school and now the strength of child labours was almost reduced and few friends of mine from that souuroundings says that nowadays no children are working in the fireworks factories. May be in the holidays they are working. And in chennai also we can see a little improvemnt in the removal of child labours and lot of NGO’s are working on this now.
But still a long way to go. Lets hope for the best. It’s my long time dream to see a child labor less universe. It’s not only the responsibility of government…it is the responsibility of every individual. Lets make it. 🙂