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.
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