Two child workers on Tuesday were rescued by district task force from different areas of Dibrugarh district. The district administration started a crackdown and so far rescued nine domestic labourers from the district.
Sources said after getting information the task force raided the residence cum hostel of AMCH Professor Bichitra Doley at Dowerahchuk and rescued a minor girl. Another child labourer was rescued from the residence of Oil India employee Niranjan Hazarika.
It might be noted that the district administration recently 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.
As per the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, a ‘child’ is defined as any person below the age of 14 and the Act prohibits employment of a child in any employment including a domestic help. It is a cognizable criminal offence to employ a child for any work. Children between age of 14 and 18 are defined as ‘adolescent’ and the law allows adolescent to be employed except in the listed hazardous occupation and processes which include mining, inflammable substance and explosives related work and any other hazardous process as per the Factories Act, 1948.
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 help and vegetable sellers.