New Delhi, 31 October
Delhi government today informed the Delhi High court that in the past one month it has rescued nearly 200 child labourers from various places.
Appearing before the bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Manmohan, Standing Counsel Pawan Sharma, who appeared for the Delhi government, filed a progress report on abolition of child labour, saying that the Chief Secretary recently held a meeting with different departments to prevent employment of children in any form..
He said the labour department has informed that in the past one month, 198 children were rescued from various places.The court was hearing the NGO’s plea alleging government’s non-action for eradication of child labour in the city.
Senior advocate H S Phoolka, counsel for petitioner NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan, meanwhile, argued that if the senior most officer of the government holds a meeting at least once in a month, the problem will be solved to a great extent.
However, the bench asked the counsel to place on record his suggestions saying that the bench can direct the concerned departments to put in place which can work without court’s interference.
Advocate Sharma also sought exemption from personal appearance of Chief Secretary and Labour Commissioner. While expressing its satisfaction over the progress report, the court discharged the officers from their personal appearance on the next date of hearing of the plea.