Education plays a crucial role in eradicating violence and child labour, Kripa Amar Alva, chairperson, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, has said.

Speaking at a meeting here on Monday, she said that every child should get education and it was the responsibility of officials and parents to ensure that children get education. “If the parents refuse to send their children to schools, there are provisions in law to punish them,” she said.

To provide education to every child, the government had launched ‘Shale kade nanna nade’ and ‘Shikshana nanna mulabutha hakku’. The issue of ensuring educating children was also raised in the gram sabhas and a clear instruction was given to officials of departments such as Education, Labour, Social Welfare and Backward Communities to raise the issue in the meetings, she said.

Deputy Commissioner Srirangiaha said that in most of the cases, children migrate with their parents in search of livelihood and in such circumstances they remain out of school. To avoid such a situation, the district administration had taken steps to provide jobs to card holders under the MNREGA.

Officials of the Labour Department said that the department was keeping a vigil on taluks to avoid child labour.

Child labour

Last year, no incidents of child labour had been reported in the district. Officials of the Education Department said that the department had identified 257 children remaining outside the school and steps had been taken to bring back 200 of them.