Port Blair, June 12: The District Child Protection Unit of North & Middle Andaman organized an awareness programme to celebrate ‘World Day Against Child Labour’ at Gram Panchayat Hall, Pokkadera today. The event held under the guidance of Shri Dilkhush Meena, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, N&MA aimed at raising awareness and mobilizing community efforts to combat child labour.

The Deputy Commissioner, N&MA, Shri Dilkhush Meena was the chief guest while the Superintendent of Police (D), N&MA, Ms. Geetanjali  Khandelwal, IPS, was the guest of honor. The Assistant Labour Commissioner, Rangat, Shri Suranjan Mukhopadhyay was also present on the occasion.

In his keynote address, the Deputy Commissioner emphasized the critical importance of ensuring that all children are free from the burdens of labour and are able to pursue their education and dreams. He stated that, "We must unite in our efforts to eradicate child labour and ensure a brighter future for every child. Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and exploitation."

The SP (D), N&MA, highlighted the essential role of law enforcement in protecting children from exploitation and stressed the need for community vigilance. "The fight against child labour requires stringent enforcement of laws and active participation from the community. Together, we can protect our children and uphold their rights," she said.

The highlight of the event was the cultural activities and a skit performed by children. These performances creatively illustrated the negative impact of child labour and the transformative power of education. The skit and cultural activities not only entertained but also educated the audience, effectively conveying the day's message.

To encourage the participants, mementos were awarded to the children who performed in the cultural activities. The event saw participation from a diverse group of attendees, including children, Anganwadi Workers, ASHA Workers, community members, PRIs, Drivers of Auto and Jeep Association, Mayabunder all of whom played a vital role in the success of the programme.

The event concluded with a vote of thanks, acknowledging the efforts of the organizers, participants, and all those who contributed to the success of the programme.