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`Strive for eradication of child labour’

Sunday 4 July 2004

CUDDAPAH, JULY 4. The Principal Secretary of School Education, I.V. Subba Rao, on Sunday called upon the elected representatives and all sections of people to strive for eradication of child labourers by enrolling them in schools and pave a bright future to them.

By Our Staff Reporter

Addressing a seminar on the `rights of children - role of gram panchayats’ organised by M.V. Foundation here, Mr. Subba Rao said that poverty was not an impediment to educate children. Expressing pleasure at the mandal parishad presidents, gram sarpanches, ZPTC and MPTC members coming on a common platform for a good cause, he said besides enrolling child labourers in school, their regular attendance must be ensured. He lauded the efforts of the 1,500 activists of the foundation in 24 mandals in the district.

The Joint Collector, G. Jayalakshmi, said eradication of child labour must be taken up as a movement and poverty-stricken parents of child labourers must be enlightened on the issue. An international awardee, Shantha Sinha, asked the local body representatives to discharge their task by motivating parents.

The State Project Coordinator of M.V. Foundation, R. Venkat Reddy, welcomed and the Regional Joint Director of Education, M. Prabhakar Reddy, the DPEP Coordinator, Chengal Raju, and elected local body representatives participated.

Computers for blind

Meanwhile, addressing the 17th anniversary function of Royal Association for the Blind, Mr. Subba Rao said visually impaired persons have more determination and memory power than normal ones.

Assuring to arrange computers in the Government High School for the Blind here, he said steps would be taken to ensure adequate supply of textbooks for them. The Joint Collector asked the blind persons to form associations for projecting their problems and their redressal.

Education would help them lead independent lives with confidence, she observed. The DEO, V.P. Pulla Reddy, the Assistant Director of Handicapped, Stephenson, the former Municipal Chairman,

S. Harindranath, the Indian Medical Association president, K. Gopinath, headmistress of blind school, Leelavathi Devi, and other officials participated.

See online : The Hindu

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in The Hindu, Sunday, July 04, 2004.

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