BAJAUR AGENCY - The SPARC Child Rights committee on Wednesday expressed deep concern over the increasing incidents of child labour in the tribal areas and decided to launch a four-week long awareness campaign for the elimination this social menace.

This decision was taken at a general meeting of the SPARC Child Rights committees held at Khar in which the child labour related issues were discussed.

Later, while briefing the media, Child Rights Committee Agency Coordinator, Hanifullah Jan, said that different aspects this menace were discussed in the meeting.

He said that it was observed in the meeting that due to the multiple reasons since 2006 the child labour has been on the rise in the agency.

“In the past six years the child labour has been increased more than 60 per cent in the region and this was the result of militancy and bad law and order situation in the agency,” he added.

He said that unemployment, poverty and lack of proper education facilities are the main causes of the increase in the child labour in the region.

He said that children were badly affected during the militancy and war against militants, “over 100 schools have been destroyed and thousands of school-going children has been deprived of education facility during this period,” he added.

He said that peace and writ of the government has been reestablished in the whole agency but the government didn’t take any measures for the welfare of children.  “Government should take efforts in emergency basis for the welfare of children and provide basic rights of education to them according the universal children law,” he said.

“If the government did not toke serious steps for the providing of basic education to the children, the child labor would be more increased in the agency,” he warned.

He told that in the Four week long awareness campaign for the elimination of the child labor starting from Friday in which seminars and work ship will be held in the different area of the agency.

He said during campaign thousands of children who did not go to school would be enrolled in the government schools and also, “Free books uniforms bags and others basic material will be given to one thousand children during the campaign,” he added.