Berhampur: As many as 49 child workers, including 20 from Bihar, have been rescued from small -scale units in Ganjam and Gajapati districts of Odisha.
Twenty-two children, including 20 from Bihar, who were working in small manufacturing and sugarcane juice processing units in Berhampur were rescued during a raid by a district- level monitoring committee squad on Thursday.
In a separate raid, 27 children were rescued from Paralakhemundi in Gajapati district on Thursday, said Gajapati district Child Protection Officer, Arun Tripathy.
At Paralakhemundi, the child workers were rescued from 17 different locations, including hotels, restaurants, bars, wielding workshops and motor garages and they were in the age group of seven and 18 years, he said.
The squad, comprising the district labour officer (DLO), chairman of district child welfare committee (CWC), district child protection officer (DCPO), police and activists of ISRD-Childline, raided at least five small manufacturing and sugarcane processing units at Tulasi Nagara, Niladri Bihar and Somanath Nagara areas of Berhampur.
While two of the rescued children were from Ganjam, the others belonged to Darbhanga and Samastipur districts of Bihar.