The meeting of the
Consultative Committee attached to the Ministry of Labour and Employment
was held here last evening. The agenda for discussion was “Child Labour
(including amendment to Child Labour Act and ratification of the ILO
Conventions No. 138 & 182)”. Chairing the meeting, Shri Bandaru
Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC), Labour & Employment briefed
members on the agenda.
The Minister said that the government is committed to eradicate child
labour from the country. Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation)
Amendment Act, 2016 has been passed by the Parliament on 26th July,
2016. Shri Bandaru Dattatreya said that under the act complete ban has
been imposed on employment of children below 14 years in any occupation
or process. However, children are allowed to help in their family
enterprises only in non-hazardous occupations and that too only after
school hours or during vacations. Further, no adolescent (14-18 years)
shall be employed or permitted to work in any of the scheduled hazardous
occupations or processes. More stringent punishment is proposed for
violations and separate fund has been created for the rehabilitation.
Shri Rajeev Arora, Joint Secretary made a detailed presentation on
“Child Labour (including amendment to Child Labour Act and ratification
of the ILO Conventions No. 138 & 182)”.
The meeting confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting and discussed
the agenda in detail. The members appreciated the initiatives taken by
the Ministry to eradicate child labour and suggested new ways for the
eradication of child labour. The suggestions included separate
initiative for the education of children belonging to Minorities and
Shri Heera Lal Samariya Additional Secretary thanked members for their
valuable suggestions and assured due consideration The Members of
Parliament who attended the Committee’s meeting include Shri Ladu
Kishore Swain, Shri M.K. Raghavan, Shri Manohar Untwal, Shri N.K.
Premachandran, Shri Sankar Prasad Datta and. Shri K K Ragesh.