ARE AMENDMENTS TO THE CHILD LABOUR ACT EFFECTIVE ENOUGH?
Children are 'tomorrow's future' but the social evil of child labour puts a big question mark on the future of children who are forced into employment at a young age.
The amendments recently passed by the Union Cabinet to the Child Labour Act (Prohibition and Regulation) has gotten varied opinions from people. One section of views supports the changes that allow the working of children with parents/guardians and in entertainment, provided that their education is not compromised and the other side believes that the amendments will do more harm than good.
To get a better understanding of the new amendments and how it will impact vulnerable children, we conducted a 'twitter chat' on 'Do you think the amendments to the Child Labour Act will help tackle Child Labour' with some renowned experts who gave us insights into what they think about the government's decisions to modify the Act.
Ms. Nandana Reddy, founder of Concerned for Working Children, Child Rights and You (CRY), and MV Foundation had an insightful discussion with us and our Twitter audience, helping us understand the implications of the amendments.
Here are a few snippets from the chat that took place today on Anti Child Labour Day:
Views on the amendments to the Act
When a child opts to work, what can be done then?
Improving socio-economic environment in society
Through the discussion, we were able to garner information into the different aspects that hinder the removal of child labour from our society. Though the need for awareness is warranted, we also need implementation of stricter laws that are free of loopholes, accessibility to free education and career opportunities and most importantly, a participative society that works with the government to eradicate this social evil from our society.
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