Living and Educational Conditions of Child Rag Pickers in Cuttack City of Odisha

Dillip Kumar Mallik



Since beginning of human history, child labour exists in our society and it indicates the social inequality. Child ragpicking also form of child labour, where children live without education from childhood. The central question of this paper is that Government of India implemented different scheme for children to providing education like Sarva Sikhya Abhijan, Midday Meal Programme and the most important is Compulsory and free education to all children age group between 4 to 14, under Article 21-A, where compulsory education is the part of fundamental rights are legally valuable but till now why rag picking children are not getting proper education? What are the main hurdles behind the Implementation process? The main objective of this paper is to find out the answer of above question and also examine the living conditions and educational situations of rag picking children. A sample of 100 rag pickers children in age group of 4 to 14 years will be selected from different areas of Cuttack district of Odisha.

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