Need to work together to protect children, says Tirath

New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) All sections of society need to work together to ensure support and protection of children, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said Wednesday.

Residents’ welfare associations, non-governmental organisations (NGO), police and all other government departments need to work together for support and protection of children in the country, she said at a function to mark the World Day Against Child Labour here.

The minister urged every citizen to be vigilant and ensure that no child below the age of 18 is part of any economic activity.

She said collective efforts were needed to counter the challenges posed by domestic child labour.

Tirath said the problem of domestic child labour is gigantic. According to National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) Report 2009-10, nearly 50 lakh children in the age group 5-14 years are engaged in economic activities.

She said her ministry had adopted the convergence model for linking various departments at the district and block levels to have a multi-pronged approach under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS).

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