New child labour law on cards: Kharge

New child labour law on cards: Kharge

The Government of India will soon come out with  a legislation to put complete ban on child labour. Labour minister Mallikarjun Kharge announced this on Friday while inaugurating a national consultation on child labour.

“We are paving the way for a Child Labour Abolition Act and are examining the provision to ensure that all children below 18 years are prohibited from hazardous work,”said Kharge. He reiterated government’s commitment to provide children their rights.

“India’s commitment to the cause of children is as old as its civilisation. All children must have an equal right, regardless of their background,” said the labour minister. “For right to education to be successful, child labour must be completely eradicated, and all stakeholders must work together to make this possible,’ he added.

Responding to the demands of the children and the children’s charter, he said, “the progress has been slow, but I’m proud to say that we’ve been working to meet your demands and are seriously considering all.”

The two-day national consultation on child labour free India organised by Global March against Child Labour and Bachpan Bachao Andolan is focusing on the multi-stake holder dialogue among government, teachers, trade union and civil society.

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