Ernakulam District Administration in bid to rope in migrants workers

One of the major steps is to enroll children of migrant labourers into schools.

KOCHI: The Ernakulam District Administration is initiating several measures to rope in the migrant labour community into the mainstream as part of which an adalat was held at Perumbavoor on Sunday under the leadership of District Collector Muhammed Y Safirulla. One of the major steps is to enroll children of migrant labourers into schools. As a result of this, a total of 2,541 children of migrant labourers are studying in various schools in the district including 107 children who were recently identified through a survey by the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) and enrolled into schools. Local Self Government bodies and NGOs also took part in the survey.

Special training centres for migrant children are also functioning under the SSA in schools where they are in large numbers. Ten new centres will be started in schools this year. Volunteers will also be deployed in such schools and will assist the children overcome the language barrier in their studies. The SSA has also planned a special art fest for the children, bridge-material preparation, study tour, craft training for the mothers and awareness sessions for parents.

A total of 1100 migrant labourers attended the adalat at Perumbavoor on Sunday and steps were initiated to issue Aadhar cards to 485 of them. Mr Safirulla said that steps would be taken to make ESI mandatory to all migrant labourers. Those who use drugs will be identified with the help of NGOs. “They will be given treatment and will be rehabilitated. Starting a rehabilitation centre for the purpose is under consideration,” the Collector said. A total of 25 children were given vaccination under the leadership of the National Health Mission and IMA at the adalat.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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