New Delhi: The organizers of trade fair in the national capital have been slapped with notices to respond over alleged employment of child labour by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR).

The commission has issued notices to the India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), Revenue Department, Delhi Police and Labour Secretary in the wake of reports that child labour were being exploited in lieu of food and meager amount at the extremely popular trade show.

The DCPCR has also decided to send officials on a surprise inspection to the fair, besides recommending stringent actions against the ITPO if any violation of the Child Labour Laws is found.

Meanwhile, the ITPO has raised surveillance levels at the fair and has directed the concerned officials to identify and take action against traders who are involved in such practice.

Notably, Dainik Jagran on Monday had reported on the violation of the Child Labour norms at the ongoing 31st IITF.

Member of the DCPCR, M M Vidyarthi, said. “Any kind of violation of the child labour is not excusable. We have already issued notices to the concerned authorities on the same. The Commission itself will investigate the matter through a surprise check at the fair.”

ITPO’s GM, PC Sharma said, “the concerned officials have been directed to investigate the matter and instructed to prevent the recurrence of such practices at the fair.”

It may be noted that the annual trade fair has become a centre for poor children who are made to work for few bucks and a meal per day. Foreigners are found to be making video footage of the child labour which has posed a threat to the fair’s reputation and its security.

JPN/Bureau