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Ending Child Labour and Promoting Safe and Healthy Work for Young people : Need of the Hour

Bhubaneswar,11th June 2018 (By Sritam Kumar Dash) “All children have the right to be free from all forms of child labour and all workers have the right to safe and healthy workplaces” told by many eminent speakers while addressing a panel discussion on “Ending Child Labour and promoting safe and healthy work for young people” on the eve of World day against Child Labour at Institute of  Engineers, Bhubaneswar  . The panel discussion was jointly organised by leading voluntary organisation People’s Cultural Centre(PECUC)  and Rotary club of Heritage ,Bhubaneswar.Globally, 541 million youngworkers (between the ages of 15 and 24) account for 15 per cent of the world’s labour force. They sustain up to 40 per cent more non-fatal occupational injuries than do adult workers (workers older than 24) and Globally, 541 million young workers (between the ages of 15 and 24) account for 15 per cent of the world’s labour force. They sustain up to 40 per cent more non-fatal occupational injuries than do adult workers (workers older than 24) and workplace hazards can even pose a threat to their lives.An estimated 152 million children (aged 5-17) around the world are in child labour, of whom 73 million perform work which is hazardous because of its nature workplace hazards can even pose a threat to their lives.An estimated 152 million children (aged 5-17) around the world are in child labour, of whom 73 million perform work which is hazardous because of its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out. Many factors contribute to  child labour and the high rate of work-related injury and ill health among children and young workers. This year the theme of the  World Day Against Child Labour is “Generation Safe and Healthy”,It aims to promote integrated strategies at all levels to end  child labour and address the specific safety and health risks faced by young workers.While speaking on the occasion Mr. C.J.George ,One of the founders of Campaign Against Child Labour and Former South Asia Regional Coordinator of Terre des Hommes (G)told that children upto 18 years of age  in  labour must be withdrawn from all forms of work for which they have not reached the minimum age, and ensured access to quality education. Mr.Ramesh Chandra Behera, Sj Ramesh Behera ,Deputy Director , Directorate of Factories & Boilers emphasized  on willpower to prevent accidents and measures of approaches to create awareness at various levels Speaking on the occasion Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty ,National Executive Member of National Action and Coordination Group to end violence against child labour  & CACL  focused on appropriate strategies to end child labour and  an integrated strategy that promotes a culture of prevention for the benefit of young persons in the age group of 18 to 24 years and seeks to identify and eliminate occupational safety and health hazards. The Panel discussion was chaired by Prof.Prabir Pattnaik ,Dean,SOA national  and many eminent speakers including    Rtn Suvendu Das, Sj Dibya Ranjan Dash , President ,Rotary Club of Heritage Bhubaneswar,Anil Pradhan,Convenor,Odisha RTE Forum,Prof.Adaramani Boral,Chairman of PECUC. Anuradha Mohanty,Executive Director gave vote of thanks. Ms.Jyotirmayee  Mohapatra,Programme Manager coordinated the programme.

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