AGARTALA: Aiming to keep a check on the Tripura government’s action taken to ensure rights of the migrant child labourers, the High Court of Tripura has asked Social Education and Social Welfare Department and Labour Department to file separate affidavits. The court also asked to produce all such records in the next hearing slated to be on June 23.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice SC Das asked the concerned departments to file affidavits on whether action has been taken under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation Act, 1986), the Beedi and Cigar workers (Condition of Employment) Act 1956, the Factory Act till now.
The officials of the duo departments would also have to file affidavits on government’s step to ensure rights (Right to Education) of the migrant labourers who work at brick kiln, opening schools for the child workers of brick kiln, record of attendance register in the workplace, if maintained, survey report based on any brick kiln in Tripura ever prepared by the Labour Department, steps of providing rehabilitation taken for the children rescued by a Non Government Organization.
The District and Sessions Judge in North Tripura submitted a report highlighting the deplorable condition of the child labourers of brick kiln and few other places in the state. The labourers are brought from different states like Bihar, Orissa to work in the brick kilns but they are deprived of their full payment as they are paid through their contractors. The child labourers are also denied education. There are also reports of violation of laws made for the protection of the labourers. On the basis of the report; the division bench registered the case as Public Interest Litigation (PIL).