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'Social protection measures key to combat child labour'

Bhubaneswar: “Child sensitive social protection systems mitigate the effects of poverty on families, strengthen families in their child care role and enhance   access to basic services for the poorest and most marginalized. Hence, child sensitive social protection systems are indispensable for combating child labour,” observed speakers here while participating in a panel discussion on Thursday.
The discussion on ‘Social protection- An indispensable steps for combating Child labour’ organized by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) in collaboration with Terre des hommes (G) and AEI to mark the World Day against Child Labour. 
Speaking on the occasion Odisha Panchyati Raj and Law Minister Arun Sahoo urged all the stakeholders like Government institutions and NGOs to come forward to check the child labour system.

PECUC secretary Ranjan Kumar Mohanty and trade union leader Souribandhu Kar expressed concern over the social issue of child labour and laid emphasis on providing more man-days under the MGNREGS.

Among others, Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Member Rajendra Meher, OPEPA State Gender Coordinator Gayatri Samataray, State Child Protection Society Programme Manager Sumanta Nath and Khordha Child Protection Officer Banishree  Patnaik highlighted various issues leading to child labour and urged the Government to stop the practice.

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