Infosys Bhubaneswar says No to Child Labour
By Team Coffee Bytes
Child labour is so prevalent in India that most of us do not see it as a problem at all. Thousands of children work as labourers in factories, restaurants, roadside eateries and also as domestic helps. There is a general lack of concern and awareness in this regard. Few organisations and NGOs have been actively working towards eradicating and creating awareness against child labour. Infosys Bhubaneswar, brings to us one such attempt where they have been involved in propagating the thought of saying ‘No to Child Labour’ among its employees.
Infosys conducted a series of activities during the anti-child labour week, from 29th May to 2nd June in their Bhubaneswar campuses. A book donation drive was conducted for the entire week where Infoscions donated books as well as stationery items which were distributed among the under privileged children.
There was a street play conducted by club Drrramatixx, the drama club of Infosys Bhubaneswar, where the talented artists performed a skit, which was meant to spread awareness amongst Infoscions about the anti-child labour initiative. Post the skit, people also participated in the ‘I Agree’ campaign where employees put their handprints, to show their solidarity for the initiative. People were also educated to call the child helpline number 1098 to report any incidence of child labour, to discourage friends and family from employing child labour and to spread the message that child labour spoils their childhood and is a punishable offence.
Online contests were also conducted to increase awareness. The ‘Jigsaw puzzle’ contest saw a good amount of participation from the employees and Megha Halder was adjudged the winner. There was a ‘Have you made a difference’ – the picture/story contest where employees were asked to share stories and pictures of how and what they have done to prevent child labour. The winner in this category was Kumarika Mohanty.
Infosys has been present in Bhubaneswar since 1996 and has been working on multiple awareness campaigns and CSR programs touching various spheres in our society. They have a strength of around four thousand employees in Bhubaneswar who share similar ethos and carry the beacon of being responsible citizens.