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Commission to take up issue of child labour along coastal belt

Panaji: The newly constituted Goa state commission for the protection of child rights has decided to look into the issue of child labour along the coastal belt. “Children from neighbouring states are exploited by their parents and made to sell various items on the beach. Many are also vulnerable to sexually exploitation. We will be visiting beaches and take cognisance of this,” chairperson advocate Sushma Mandrekar told TOI.

The commission is planning to set up child-friendly corners at Panaji, Margao, Ponda and Mapusa police stations and activating municipal and village child committees that will have a better understanding of issues at the grassroots level. Mandrekar said the commission will also liaise with the panchayat and public works department for better accessibility in remote areas in Quepem, Sanguem, Canacona and Valpoi where children don’t have easy access to schools.

The commission’s sitting days are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The public grievance day will be on the first and fourth Tuesday of every month, from 3pm till 5pm. Complaints can be made in person on the online complaint form on the website or emailed to
Complaints related to assault, discrimination and injustice in the education system, denial of admission and leaving certificates, adoption and corporal punishment among others can be made. [TOI]

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