Koderma (By our correspondent): Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said that eradication of child labour has been the focus of his government. Addressing a programme organised by the Kailash Satyarathi children foundation in this district here he said that during his stint as the labour minister he himself conducted raids to secure the release of the child labourers.
He said that the state government has also framed laws for abolishing child labour, however, the main reason for child labour was poverty. He said with the eradication of poverty child labour will be automatically ended for which the state government was taking concrete steps and the government has also taken concrete steps in this regard.
Mr Das said the government was working with the aim of poverty eradication and wanted such a state where children are not without education and they get nutritious food. He said that child labour and human trafficking would be stopped when the society will make sensitive steps and since the problem was more in the tribal areas therefore more focus has been awarded to them.
The Chief Minister asked Nobel prize winner Kailash Satyarathi to form Bal panchayats in the state and assured full support of the state government as removing child labour was on agenda and said that Bal Mitra Sanyojaks would be provided Rs 500 as an incentive.
Mr Das said that in the name of providing employment to the girls the placement agencies are doing their mental and physical torture and to stop these acts the government has brought a bill in the parliament. He said that the state labour department had been directed to form such a cell which keeps details of such placement agencies and said that Jharkhand will remove the blot on child labour and girls migration from the state. Mr Das said that the state government was working to ensure that every child gets its constitutional rights and asked the parents not to differentiate between boys and girls.