Ghazal king to raise funds for child workers

Source: Telegraph India

SANTOSH K. KIRO
Ranchi, Jan. 14: Ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas will be in the state capital next month to participate in a show meant for raising funds for the rehabilitation of child labourers in state.
Bachpan Bachao Andolan — a joint platform of several NGOs working for the betterment of child labourers — is organising the show. The function would be held in Ranchi Club on February 7.
“We are expecting a huge footfall as the singer has a huge fan following in the state. The amount collected from tickets would be spent in the rehabilitation of children working as child labourers,” said Sanjay Kumar Mishra, the co-ordinator of Bachpan Bachao Andolan.
He confirmed that the singer had agreed to the February date and was quite interested to visit Ranchi.
Bachpan Bachao Andolan is a conglomerate of 58 non-government organisations working for the common cause of eradicating child labour from the state.
These include Bharatiya Kishan Sangh, Nabh Bharat Jagriti Kendra, Chetna, Vikas Bharati, Gram Seva Santhan and Sahiya.
Mishra said: “Pankajji has agreed to do the show for free. We have to bear only the travel expenses of the singer.”
The maestro will belt out his popular ghazals and hit Bollywood numbers such as Chandi jaisa rang hai tera and Chithhi aayi hai. This is the first time he would be performing in the state capital.
The state government has made several rescue operations for child labourers in the state.
But, it lacks commitment to rehabilitate the children after they are rescued, said Mishra. Usually, the government sends the children their respective homes, who after some time start working.
“The government seems to have little fund for rehabilitation of child labourers. So, we want to begin some work in this line independently,” Mishra added.

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