Sunday, January 05, 2014

Mission Bhartiyam wrote letter to SP, Kanchipuram, to take action against child labour

PRESS STATEMENT 

MISSION BHARTIYAM WROTE LETTER TO SP, KANCHIPURAM, TAMIL NADU TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST CHILD LABOUR


Tamil Nadu coordinator of Mission Bhartiyam, Mr. Mithilesh Pande recently wrote a letter to the Superintendent of Police with a copy to Asst Labour Commissioner, kanchipuram district about child labor in Chowki Dhani restaurant at Thandlam village of Kanchipuram district.  

In his visit to this restaurant, which is well-known for its Rajasthani food and theme-based presentations, Mithilesh Pande found several things unethical and illegal. He inquired and found that the children who are working there are very young and are not going to school. These children are involved in almost all works. In his letter, he has requested the Superintendent of Police and the Asst. Labour Commissioner to inquire at their own level.

Mithlesh Pande in his appeal argued “The Government has introduced rules for citizens; people write the rules on boards for others not for themselves. This has been seen in a Famous restaurant named “Chowki Dhani" where you see children working in the entire premises starting from the welcome drinks to Rajasthani foods, from cart ride to playing on ropes etc. We assume that branded/big restaurants will follow all the rules to compile the conditions strictly but I inquired from one of the children about his education and was shocked to hear that he is not going to school. I discovered this was the case for all the children there. I felt terrible. These children are working there for survival and they don’t have an option to come out from this condition. This reputed restaurant has been visited by many eminent persons, officials as well but probably no one thought about them.”

He further requested to the general public who are visiting there to atleast fill the feedback form available with the remarks about children’s employment and to appeal them to stop it. 

Photo attached: A child on rope at Chowki Dhani Restaurant in Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu   

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