Child labour on rise in Balasore

Balasore: The district labour department on Saturday conducted raids on some hotels here and detected an overwhelming number of child workers employed.

The raids conducted on seven hotels in the district laid bare the ugly face of child exploitation carried through employing underage workers.  

Following the raids, the erratic hotel owners have been booked under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act.

Sarat Kumar Choudhary, District Labour Officer,Balasore, said, "In our raids in the areas of Sahadevkhunta near bus stand, station area and sadar police station square, we detected cases of child labour from seven different sites and booked the employers of the child workers under Section-3 of Child Labour Act."

According to district labour officials, similar raids will be conducted in future to keep checks on the growing exploitation of children.