SRINAGAR: Dearth of funds and manpower has prevented authorities from implementing the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Scheme in the state.
The New-Delhi sponsored scheme, meant for rehabilitation of the child labourers, was extended in the state’s Srinagar and Udhampur districts in 1996.
Deputy labour commissioner, Kashmir, Ghulam Rasool Kumar, told Kashmir Reader that the scheme should have been implemented across the state for complete eradication of child labour.
However, he said, the Labour department “doesn’t have adequate resources available for the purpose”.
“We do not have adequate staff to conduct a survey prior to the implementation of NCLP in the rest of the state. We don’t have adequate funds either,” Kumar said.
To conduct the pre-implementation survey, the department requires 1, 200 Anganwari workers, he said.
The last survey on child labour in Srinagar was conducted in 2011. And it had revealed that the total number of children involved in labour in the summer capital of the state was 546.
Of them, 102 were being provided education under NCLP in six schools run by the Labour department, Kumar said.
Budgam district in central Kashmir has the highest number of child labourers in the state.
According to Kumar, “flaws” in the Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act have made the fight against child labour tougher.
“Technicalities like establishing that a father and his son are sharing an employee-employer relation are a challenge for the department. We also cannot act against the domestic workers, as this could lead to breach of privacy,” he said.