Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 12:

Awareness against child labour featured at the 22nd Raahgiri Day in Odisha capital today with several social service organisations associated with the day spreading awareness across the Raahgiri stretch through music and dance shows not to employ children in homes and establishments.

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June 12 is observed as the ‘World Day Against Child Labour’ and this year’s theme is on child labourers and supply chains. According to a survey, globally around 168 million children are being still engaged as labour force. Eliminating child labour in supply chains requires the commitment of all stakeholders. The 22nd Raahgiri, thus took the opportunity to spread the noble message.

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While the Department of Labour, state government organised an interesting show of puppetry to aware people on the ill effects of child labour and how to stop it through prople’s participation, People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) organised a signature campaign and walkathon across the Raahgiri to spread the message to all people there. During the signature campaign, people took the pledge not to use the child labour.

The campaign also included tree worship and ocean day celebration in its portfolio.

Volunteers of Bakul Foundation accompanied by a priest worshipped trees at the Rahagiri stretch between Ram Mandir and Master Canteen square. They were joined by state Labour Minister Prafulla Mallick, Bhubaneswar MP Prasanna Patsani and BMC Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena and many citizens, who prayed for the trees because they are needed for people and the planet.

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As the World Oceans Day was celebrated on June 8, a scene of an ocean was created by a city-based maritime academy, in which people were given tips on how the big oceans are coming under threat from the various pollution levels affecting the deep seas.