Child labour-free transport campaign launched

Kathmandu, April 18 (RSS): The government has launched a campaign 'Child labour-free transport-2075 BS' in order to free public transport of child labour. 

A total of 14 children were rescued from Old Baneshwor today, the first day of the campaign initiated by Central Child Welfare Board and as well as different organisations including Labour Office, Bagmati,.

Monitoring of child labour and their rescue operation was carried out as well as stickers were pasted under the campaign. Chief of Labour Office, Uday Kumar Gupta, said that although public awareness programmes were organised in the first-phase of the campaign, they have started rescuing children from today itself.

Monitoring would be carried out at different places of Kathmandu valley including Lagankhel Buspark, Koteshwor and Swoyambhu under the campaign. Gupta said, "The rescued children would be handed over to their parents and necessary support would be provided for their education. Their arrangement would be made keeping in a temporary shelter if their parents are not identified."

There are now around 567 child shelters in 46 districts. A total of 16,536 children (8318 boys and 8218 girls) are taking shelter there.

Executive Director of the Board, Tarak Dhital, appealed to all to help rescue the children if anyone is found working as a labour in a public vehicle. One can contact via toll free number 104 of Children Search Coordination Committee or toll-free number 1098 of Child Helpline for the any kind of support to the campaign.

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