Hyderabad: Every year, thousands of daily wage workers migrate to Telangana from neighbouring Odisha to work in brick kilns here. The story but is not about them. It is about their children who are forced to stay away from school or any form of education for several months at a stretch as their parents slog away in the sweltering heat of the kilns.
The situation is slowly changing. The Rachakonda police along with the Rangareddy district administration and the brick kiln owners association collaborated with Aide et Action, an international NGO, to provide education to children of migrant labourers.
Since the beginning of this year, as many as 389 migrant children have been enrolled in various government schools in Rangareddy district.
Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat, speaking at a coordination meeting with Rangareddy district Collector Lokesh Kumar DS, brick kiln owners and Aide et Action, said the police had been making efforts to change the situation.
“In the last one year, as part of Operation Smile, over 350 children were rescued from child labour and enrolled in government schools with the help of Aide et Action,” Bhagwat said, adding that a teacher from Odisha was brought in to teach in Odia.
Bhagwat also instructed brick kiln owners to allow the labourers to visit their native places for emergencies.
Lokesh Kumar said the owners should follow rules and regulations, and instructed them not to engage children in the brick kiln work sites. “Every child should be in school, every child has right to education,” he said.
“On behalf of the administration, we will provide education, health and sanitation facilities to migrant families and children,” the Collector said.
Suresh Gutta, Regional Manager, Aide et Action, said all the brick kiln owners should provide free education and basic immunities to the migrant children.
Stressing children’s welfare and education, he also requested for steps to provide immunisation vaccinations for the children.