STATE TIMES NEWS PATTAN: Expressing serious concern over alarming prevalence of child labour in the State, JKPM State Youth President and Media Advisor, Chasfeeda Shah urged for united efforts to curb the menace from the society. Speaking at a seminar on ‘disastrous consequences of child labour’ held in Government High School Hanjivera on Thursday, Chasfeeda Shah said inspite of many strict laws existing against child labour in Kashmir, the number of minor children, working as labourers was increasing at an alarming level with every passing day. As per reports, there are more than one lakh child labourers in the State, majority of whom work in handicrafts sector, automobile workshops, brick-kilns, agriculture and as domestic servants, she added. SDM Pattan Syed Naseer, teachers, parents and a large number of students were present during the seminar. The event was organised by a local NGO, Parvaaz International Trust. Chasfeeda Shah said that the basic cause of child labour is poverty, distress and illiteracy, which should be addressed earnestly. She said that child labour not only deprives a child of his right to education, health and ruins his life but also hinders the economical and social progress of entire nation, as the future of a nation relies on its children. “The onus lies on all citizens to join hands in the fight against child labour. Existence of Child Labour Act and other laws regarding prevention of child labour appear not to be effective at all because child labour is quite common everywhere,” she asserted. She asked the students and youth to stand guard against child labour. As responsible citizens, we should take some positive steps to remove this menace from the society, she maintained. On the occasion, students of the school presented a cultural programme, which enthralled the audience. Awards and prizes were also presented to volunteers and meritorious students by the NGO.
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