New Delhi: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on Thursday claimed there is no scope for manual labour or for child labour in Granite Industries which is situated in two South Indian states. The following fact was revealed after the child rights body conducted more than four months long inspection and investigation in the parts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The inspection was undertaken in two phases. Phase I in September 2017 and Phase II in February 2018. Phase I of the mission covered the districts of Prakasam and Karimnagar in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana respectively. Phase II covered Salem and Krishnagiri Districts in TN and Ramanagara District in Karnataka. It carried out extensive personal interviews in the quarries, processing units, villages and schools.
The 29-page report of NCPCR accessed by Millennium Post claimed all processes of the granite industry are completely mechanised. There is no scope for manual labour or for child labour. “The mines are far from the villages and there is no evidence of children being employed in the mines,” said Priyank Kanoongo, member NCPCR
He said the workers of the quarries are mostly the migrant labourers from States like Bihar, Odisha and Tamil Nadu. Most of them are single migrants and live in accommodation arranged by the quarry owners or by the group of workers themselves in rented rooms in local towns and villages.
The report further claimed that there are significantly no other visible economic activities in the regions where quarries are situated. The industry is, therefore, playing a vital role in local economy. “The villagers state that there has been significant economic progress in the last decade due to the establishment of this industry. The cutting and polishing units visited also employed skilled labourers,” said NCPCR official. However, some children (13+ age) are not regularly attending the schools. The Commission is of the view that it is required to have a monitoring system (independent) to control the basic social and environmental standards in the mines and factories.
Source: millennium Post