LMC to focus on child labour issues

Lalitpur, May 19:

The Lalitpur sub-Metropolitan City has decided to set up focal points to address the issues of child labourers in the municipality, in the coming fiscal year.

Head of divisions, sections, officers and secretaries of 20 wards of the LMC were given

an orientation on child labour at a workshop, “Child Labour reduction in municipal area”, here today.

According to Sarita Maharjan of the Community Development Section of the LMC, the workshop was organised to sensitise the LMC officers to adopt child labourers’ issues and address them effectively.

Maharjan added that the LMC would prepare directives to create awareness about

the various kinds of child labourers, in coordination with organisations working for children’s welfare.

“Public awareness will be generated in all wards through the circulation of the directives in local offices, work areas of child labourers as well as making the directives public via hoardings and posters.”

The LMC has identified children employed as domestic workers, workers in restaurants, ragpickers, daily wage earners, street vendors, labourers and porters in the municipal area, said Maharjan, adding that they are malnourished, deprived of education or skill development training, medical facilities and exploited sexually.

Meanwhile, LMC paid two years’ collective salary of Rs 3.6 million, to twenty personnel in the city police who were suspended for two years.