There are about 43.53 lakh child labourers in India. The Indian government and various organizations have been trying to curb this social evil and reduce this number. Recently, a number of amendments were made to the Child Labour Act in a bid to address the issue of child labour. Before we get to the amendments, let’s understand what the Act is all about:
What is the Child Labour Act about?
The Child Labour Act was put together by different initiatives and organizations such as the National Commission on Labour (1966-69), Gurupadaswamy Committee on Child Labour (1979), Sanat Mehta Committee (1984) and others to safeguard the rights of children in employment.
Now let us look at the amendments that were made to the Act this year
The Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act 2012 was proposed in the Rajya Sabha by the then Minister of Labour and Employment, Mallikarjun Kharge and passed by the Union Cabinet in May this year.
What do you think of the amendment? We would like to hear your views this Anti Child Labour Day on 12th June (Friday) at 12pm where we have experts from CRY (Child Rights and You), CWC (Concerned for Working Children) and MV Foundation - The Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation discussing the ‘pros and cons of the amendment to the Child Labour Act on our Twitter handle @jaagore.
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