Tuesday, January 3, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Bt cotton farmers thriving on tribal kids� labour: NGO



Bt cotton farmers thriving on tribal kids� labour: NGO
Published: Monday, Jan 2, 2012, 17:35 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA

Dalit Hak Rakshak Manch, an NGO, organised a discussion on Sunday on
the exploitation of minor tribal girls and boys working in Bt cotton
fields in the districts of North Gujarat.

Rajesh Solanki of the NGO, which works for the welfare of Dalits and
other marginalised people, gave an account of the condition of minor
children who are forced to work as labourers in the cotton fields for
a petty amount.

Solanki said the tribal children from Banaskantha, Sabarkantha and
other Gujarat towns located on the border with Rajasthan are brought
to the Bt cotton fields by agents who pay their parents a hefty

The agents work as the link between parents and farmers and they get
the child workers who have to work in the cotton fields for long hours
in difficult conditions.

Solanki further said that minor tribal girls are also at risk of being
physically exploited by the agents and the farm owners. Government
officials are hand-in-gloves with the farmers as they pay no heed to
social workers when they apprise the officials about the exploitation
of minor children, Solanki alleged.

Even the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)
has reported a nexus between government officials and the farmers who
hire tribal children.

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