New Delhi: Over 5,000 youngsters within the age organization of six to 14 years have abandoned education in mica mining districts of Jharkhand and Bihar, and a section of them have started out operating as laborers to supplement their family earnings, consistent with a government survey.
The survey turned into conducted by way of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) after a record with the aid of Terre Des Hommes, an worldwide improvement employer running in India, revealed last 12 months that extra than 22,000 kids are employed as baby labourers in the mica mining regions of Jharkhand and Bihar.
In its survey, the NCPCR said it has discovered that a segment of youngsters in the mica mining areas are deprived of possibilities and feature began running as laborers to complement their family earnings. The survey becomes performed inside the districts of Koderma and Giridih in Jharkhand and Nawada district in Bihar.
“As in step with the survey, there are four,545 kids inside the age group of six to 14 years inside the area of Jharkhand pronounced as not attending college,” the NCPCR said. The survey on ‘schooling & properly-being of kids in mica mining regions of Jharkhand and Bihar’ located that 649 kids within the same age group have been reported as not attending school in Nawada district of Bihar.
The reasons for no longer attending school blanketed lack of aspiration, loss of hobby and also cases of collecting mica scraps, in line with the survey. It additionally located that kids in the age organization of six to fourteen years in forty five habitations of Koderma, 40 habitations of Giridih and 15 habitations of Nawada pass for mica scraps series. Officials say selling mica scraps is the principal means of livelihood for many families in these regions.
“Several families do now not see the gain of sending their kids to colleges and instead prefer them operating in gathering and promoting mica scraps,” a reputable stated.
India is one of the global’s largest manufacturers of mica, with Jharkhand and Bihar being the principle mica producing states in the usa. Mica is utilized in numerous sectors, which include homes and electronics, or even in cosmetics and paint production. The fee stated the delivery chain of the mica mining and industry should be made free from baby labor.
“No baby to be engaged in any a part of the mica mining manner and collecting scraps. NGOs/improvement groups need to paintings with the neighborhood and district administration as well as with the industries to chalk out a method to make the delivery chain of mica mining free of child labor,” the NCPCR stated. The fee recommended strict motion in opposition to consumers of mica scraps from youngsters and stated a special power to abolish baby labor in the mica mining regions of Jharkhand and Bihar need to be done via the management.
“Strict actions may be taken in opposition to the customers who purchase mica scraps from the youngsters,” it said.
The NCPCR also flagged the problem of malnourishment among youngsters in those regions. “In the case of Giridih and Koderma, the undernutrition instances pronounced in 14 in step with cent and 19 in step with cent of the habitations and villages, respectively inside the survey place. In case of Nawada, 69 percent habitations have reported that some youngsters are undernourished,” it said.