Encourage ban on child labor in India
  • Petitioned Shri Mallikarjun Kharge

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Union Cabinet Minister, Labour and Employment
Shri Mallikarjun Kharge
Union Cabinet Minister, Labour and Employment
Krishna Tirath

Encourage ban on child labor in India

    1. Sudhir  Katiyar
    2. Petition by

      Sudhir Katiyar

      Udaipur, India

Gujrat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh & a few other states face huge amounts of Child Labor & trafficking problems. India has the largest number of children under the age of 14 in work in the world. Some estimates put the figure at 100 million children.

In many cases, young children are forced to work for long hours for low pay and in dangerous conditions. From working at insence factories to long hours at cottonfields. This happens mainly due poverty or lack of jurisdiction. 

Recently, National Advisory Council of India made a strong statement on imposing a complete ban on child labor below 14 years of age. At present, the Child Labor Act permits children below 14 years f age to work in some non-hazardous industries. But there are many instances where children choose to work over study or are forced by child traffickers.

The Central Govt. should impose a blanket ban on child labour below 14 years - a difficult task to carry out in view of the massive underage workforce but a significant step in the direction of pushing children towards education.

The National Advisory Council (NAC) finalized the recommended changes to be made to the Child Labour Act on 21st Oct.'11 (Friday) with a strong endorsement from Ms.Sonia Gandhi. It will now be sent to the government for action. It's time to tell the Union Cabinet Minister, Labour & Employment to honour the demands made by National Advisory Council and impose a nationwide ban on employment of children under 14.

Sign the petition and create a better future for millions of children in India!

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. NAC suggests blanket ban on child labour

      tamseel hussain
      Petition Organizer

      The crucial issue of how effectively such a stringent law could be implemented agitated the council members with many pointing to the failure of the present liberal laws. This could finally end Child labour under 14 years of age in india.

    3. Reached 10 signatures

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    • Kathy and Rick Dahl KAMLOOPS, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      We've been to India. We see progress but as long as children have to assist families in earning income, the country has a long way to go to achieve adequate standard of living.

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    • Cindie Victor HOLLY, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      These poor little things are chldren. Not Mules! Treat them as such. Let them get their education (just like the USA) then, go to work.

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    • Maneesh Pangasa YUMA, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      As a conscious citizen of India, I was appalled to learn that Child Labor in India has been a rampant issue for many years. Several recent studies from India have demonstrated the extensive use of child labor on cottonseed plantations, brick kilns, agriculture work, small cafes and other such occupations, which give children below 14 years of age a chance to choose occupation over education, there have also been reports that many of these children develop various health issues at a young age.

      The National Advisory Council (NAC), recently made changes to the Child Labour Act the Centre should impose a blanket ban on child labour below 14 years - a difficult task to carry out in view of the massive underage workforce but a significant step in the direction of pushing children towards education. Presently, the Child Labour Act permits children below 14 to work in some non-hazardous industries.

      I would like to request you to please take National Advisor Council’s amendment to Child Labor Act seriously and put a nationwide ban on Child Labor below 14 in India.

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    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is not only cruel; India is mortgaging its future by having so many children working, instead of in school. Newt Gingrich has said that he'd like there to be more child labor in America. It will be interesting to see how many fools vote for him?

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    • sherry medellin LAREDO, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      i could not imagine my children being put to work.

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