IMPHAL, Nov 26: The Department of Labour in collaboration with the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) and Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR) today conducted a drive at the food stall chains inside the Sangai Festival venue to check use of chid.
During the drive the joint team detected three minors ranging from 10 to 12 years of age being engaging in servicing work from a food stalls number F-19.
Speaking to media persons, Deputy Commissioner of Labour Department, Elangbam Tomba Singh, said that the department cannot take immediate action as it is a legal matter. However, an investigation would be carried out to ascertain whether the three minor kids were used as child labour, he asserted.
The deputy commissioner assured that the owner of the food stall will be punished as per the law if found guilty.
He further appealed the public not to engage minors as child labour.
The drive led by the deputy commissioner was also accompanied by the MCPCR chairperson- Sarat Sharma, MACR convenor-Montu Ahanthem, and other officials of the labour department.