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With an estimated 12.6 million child labourers in India, the National Human Rights Commission has set up a separate cell to give more focused attention to them.

‘The commission has set up a cell to monitor the progress in the bonded labour and child labour cases taken up with different public authorities. It was felt that a focused attention will be needed to coordinate with authorities at the centre and in the states for better and expeditious action to eliminate bonded labour as already directed by the Supreme Court,’ a statement said Friday.

The commission will have a 10-point charter on which it will monitor the cell’s activities.

‘There will be surprise checks by NHRC team with social action groups, national and state level seminar and workshops on the issue, reviewing of existing schemes on child labour…,’ the statement said.

‘States will also be recommended to constitute monitoring committees,’ it added


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