Bangalore International Centre had arranged the screening of a docu-drama “BANNED AID” Produced by Makkala Toofan, a media team of The Concerned for Working Children (CWC), on Saturday, 12th September, 2015 at 6.00 PM. The event was followed by a panel discussion between Mrs. Nandana Reddy, Ms. Deepa Dhanraj and Dr. S B Shripad, Deputy Labour Commissioner, GOK. The discussion was chaired and moderated by Ms. Ammu Joseph.
The Media Team “Makkala Toofan” of The Concerned for Working Children (CWC) has produced this docu-drama. The film tries to answer some questions like Why do children work? How has the current child labour law, articulated through the partial ban, affected them? What happens to children during raids and after they are 'rescued' by the government? The docu-drama is collaboration with members of the Bhima Sangha (Union of Working Children) to explore and respond to some of such important questions which currently remain unanswered. The stories shared are real incidents as experienced by working children themselves. The enactment and voice-over have also been undertaken by the sangha members. The docu-drama gave an important insight into why listening to children is a non-negotiable to address child labour in the long-term.
There was a consensus opinion that during the raids and rescue of the children, the Government officials should create an understanding in the minds of the working children that the Government is with them to improve the working conditions.
A view expressed was that the children should be allowed to work and earn some livelihood during their vacation. However, the Labour Department has to take care for the good working conditions and environment. Possibly this view could not be an unanimously acceptable solution to all the sections of the population.
Dr. Shripad informed that the suggestions offered by the panelists and also audience will be kept in mind while exercising the available statute. However, he assured that all the NGOs concerned will be taken into consideration while taking policy decisions pertaining to working children.
There was a display and sale of art and handicraft products made by children.
The interactive session after the screening was very interesting.