COIMBATORE: The National Child Labour Project (NCLP) will soon launch a survey to estimate the exact number of child labourers toiling for wages in the local industries. The Central government has allotted Rs 4 lakh to conduct the survey in
the district, NCLP project director DV Vijaya Kumaar said. “The survey is being conducted almost after a decade. It will be conducted using the resources of Mahalir Thittam, a socio-economic empowerment programme for women, with whom NCLP has been conducting several programmes related to eradication of child labour,” he told TOI. The survey will be conducted in the areas identified in the school dropout survey of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). Seventeen areas, including CMC Colony, Thondamuthur, Mettupalayam, Sulur and Periyanaickenpalayam have been identified for the survey.
Valparai is one of the major hubs for migrant labours as labourers from Assam and Jharkhand find work in tea estates, Vijaya
Kumaar said, reciting the child labour (prohibition and regulation) amendment act which prohibits movement of children below
14 years in the working place. Based on the survey, the number of centres to bring child labourers into the mainstream would
be increased. “Four such centres we have set up have 25 students each. The children are taught at the centre for two years
before admitted to normal schools. At present, 12 such centres are functioning across the district,” the official said.
Child labour was eradicated in several regions including SM Nagar in Mettupalayam and Ettiturai in Anaimalai, Vijaya Kumaar