Dehradun: Uttarakhand government on Friday decided to constitute a special task force to put an end to child labour.

Units of this task force, to be headed by district magistrates, will identify children working as labourers in fields, mining areas, brick-kilns or those begging or picking rags in the streets and help them join the mainstream by arranging for their education.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Alok Kumar Jain, who asked officials concerned to conduct a survey in consultation with the labour department to identify children who don't go to school.

Arrangements have been made for special training of "Out of School Children". Under the Right to Education Act there is no age limit for children between 6-14 years to get admission in a school, Jain said.

He said the government has set a target of providing compulsory primary education to children of labourers or those belonging to families of migrant workers.

Jain also asked officials to rope in NGOs working in the field to make the exercise successful.


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