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In a major crackdown on employment of child labourers, a joint team of the Dibrugarh district administration, Labour Department, police and Childline NGO rescued three child labourers from different locations of Dibrugarh on Tuesday evening.

Sources said, based on specific information, the district task force first carried out raid in the residence of Paramananda Sonowal, Deputy Registrar of Dibrugarh University in the University campus and rescued one girl engaged as domestic help.

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Later, another girl and one boy were rescued from the houses of Usman Ali and Imran Hussain of Dibrugarh.

The Labour Department has filed separate FIRs against all the three house owners at Dibrugarh Police Station under Section 3 of the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016.

The rescued children were put under the care of a children home.

Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri said such drive against child labour will continue to put an end to child labour in the district. “I request the people to report about the engaging of child labourers as domestic help or in other works. We want the support from public to end child labour in the district,” she said.

Recently the district administration had constituted a task force consisting of community leaders, anganwadi workers, social activists, NGOs, village defence parties, village headmen, locals and the police to tackle the issue of child labourers.

Significantly, few days ago, four child labourers were rescued from different areas of the district.

According to the Labour Department, majority of the child labourers in Dibrugarh district are employed in brick kilns, factories, stone quarries, hotels, dhabas, shops, restaurants and tea gardens. Some of them are also engaged as domestic helps and vegetable sellers.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com

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