Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday announced Rs. 25,000 from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for children rescued from child labor for their education and rehabilitative expenses.
At a function to mark the World Day against Child Labor, Kumar made the above announcement while also kicking off a new online portal named 'Child Labor Tracking System', or CLTS, to keep track of all rescued children. He also entrusted Chief Secretary of Bihar to head a committee to oversee this portal and its effectiveness.
"Each child that is rescued from child labor will be given Rs. 25,000. It would go directly in their bank account so they would have a sense of confidence while also acting as a motivator to never go back to illegal work force," he said.
Kumar said that he would take proper initiative to open more schools in Bihar with boarding arrangements so more and more rescued children are provided proper education and prepared for real jobs once they reach adulthood.
Bihar Education Minister Ashok Chowdhary, Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma, Labor Resources Minister Vijay Prakash, and Cooperative Minister Alok Mehta were among many who were present on the occasion.