Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Complete ban on hiring children below 14

The Union Cabinet gave nod to a proposal for amending the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, to ban employment of children aged up to 14 in any form of industry. As per this act it will be an offence to employ children below 14 not only in factories or industries but also in homes or on farms, if their labour is of any commercial interest.

National Sample Survey Organisation(NSSO)'s figures show that this act would benefit 46 lakh children who  work in different industries. Another amendment also approved for banning employment of children in the age bracket 14-18 ( “adolescents”) in hazardous conditions. This decision is in line with the convention of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). This act will help in implementing Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or RTE which makes education fundamental right of a child aged 6-14.

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