Punjab has the highest rate of child labourer rescues out of 18 states in 2021.

4,867 child labourers were rescued and rehabilitated in Punjab in 2021-22 . 13,271 child labourers were rescued and rehabilitated from around the region last year .

Chandigarh: The highest number of 4,867 child labourers were rescued and rehabilitated in Punjab in 2021-22 as part of the National Child Labour Project (NCLP).According to Union minister of women and child health Smriti Zubin Irani, 13,271 child labourers were rescued and rehabilitated from around the region last year, according to the Lok Sabha.From 2017-18 to 2021-22, up to 8,566 child labourers were saved and integrated in Punjab.In the last five years, over 2.24 lakh child labourers have been saved and adopted in these 18 states.

According to the Union minister's report, the authorities last rescued 171 child laborers from Haryana in 2018-19.The Himalayan Pradesh was not included in these 18 states where rescue operations were carried out.The minister stated that the government is following a multi-pronged strategy to eradicate child labour and has adopted effective measures, including legislative reform, a general socioeconomic development program, and the provision of free education.The government also enacted the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016, which came into force on September 1, 2016.

The NCPCR has recognized that Akshay Tritiya, or Akha Teej, is celebrated in many regions of India as a day of great fortune, and that a great number of child marriages are solemnized on this day in many states.In a letter sent on April 7 this year, the government asked principal secretaries of women and children development departments of 22 states and UTs to summon district magistrates and child marriage prohibition officers of all districts to assist in carrying out activities such as awareness campaigns at village, panchayat, block, urban, ward, zila tehsil level; hold meetings on awareness campaigns on child marriage with child development project officers, child welfare committees, child welfare officers, anganwad The NCPCR has taken cognisance of the reports about child labour as per section 13(1)(j) of the Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005, and taken steps on those claims to ensure that the children are receiving the compensation they are entitled to and are rehabilitated and repatriated to their native states.