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08Aug2016

Child Labour Law Changes Contradicts Government’s Make in India, Digital India and Smart Cities Mission initiatives: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

 

Child rights activists have been protesting against Parliament passing the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi spoke to Himanshi Dhawan about why he thinks the new legislation, which amended the previous Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, is a missed opportunity.

Power of children and youth plays a big role in building a much stronger social movement.

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Two main objections against the child labour law:

  • Allowing children under 14 years of age to participate in family-run businesses.
  • Allowing children to work in glass furnaces, bidi-making, brick kilns and zari factories.

How can you have a smart city if children are engaged in domestic labour?

This government has invited big investors under Make in India. But how will we attract big investors, if we don’t have an educated skilled workforce.

We need to put our house in order instead. We have miserably failed in ensuring children’s attendance in schools despite a law that says that this is their fundamental right.

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