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  • REPLACING FOOD WITH CASH WILL MAKE US CHILD LABOURERS

    03 Nov 2018

    REPLACING FOOD WITH CASH WILL MAKE US CHILD LABOURERS

    ‘The government decision of replacing subsidized food grains with cash on ration will affect us the most, and might even compel us to become child labourers again.’ This was the fear expressed by the adivasi children of Raigad Maharashtra state.

    Through the National  Food Security Act 2013 , our parents were expecting approximately 35 kg food grains. But immense corruption in handling ration, if they were not getting 35 kgs , they could at least get 25 to 30kgs. Because subsidized food grains were being provided, migration for daily wages has lessened because of which we are also not being compelled to work on the brick as child laborers. We have been able to study with the help of organizations like Ankur trust. But from the time Maharashtra state government has taken a recent decision of depositing money in our parent’s account, the apprehension of probably dying without food or due to malnourishment has revived. This plight was exclaimed by the children from the Dhangar, Thakur and Kathkari community within the age bracket of 6 to 12 years.

    25th September is commemorated as the death anniversary of Hutatma Nagya Mahadhu Kathkari seemed to be an ideal platform for adivasi school going students like Harshali Debe, Vinod Waghmare and Gauri Kasbe who lead the signature campaign along with their fellow school students and put forth their grievances in front of the Tahsildar of Pen behalf of Lokmanch.

    Dr. Vaishali Patil, a senior social activist is resentful against the same and trying her level best to uproot this government scheme which will eventually cause tribulations within the community. The programme wouldn’t have been success without the thought provoking work done by Vijay Ugade, a student studying in standard 10th who coordinated between the other adivasi children, thus acquiring himself due appreciation for the programme. Speaking about this, the Tahsildar of Pen, Mr. Ajay Patne said, ‘I will definitely pass on the application given by the adivasi children to the government.’