Rajya Sabha Passes Child Labour Amendment Bill, Know About It

The Logical Indian

July 20th, 2016

Source: livemint | Image Courtesy: todayonline

The upper house of Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha On Tuesday unanimously passed the Child Labour Amendment Bill 2012 that restricts employment of children below 14 in any kind of occupation or enterprises, except those run by his or her own family.

Violation of this rule will be recorded as cognizable offence for employers that can lead to imprisonment up to two years. Also, a hefty penalty (Rs 20,000- Rs 50,000) will be imposed on the parents of such children.

The Bill also lays down that adolescents (14-18 years) cannot be employed in hazardous occupation and process such as chemicals and mines.

According to provisions of the Bill, no child should be employed in any occupation or process except where he or she helps his family after school hours or helps his family in fields, home based work, forest gathering or attends technical institutions during vacations for the purpose of learning.

While most of the people welcomed the bill, many criticised the government because it still allows children to work in family occupations. The government has justified this amendment by saying,  “In a large number of families, children help parents in occupations such as agriculture and artisanship, and while helping the parents, children also learn the basics of these occupations.”

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi said, “The amendment in child labour law may have good intent and moves gradually towards our destination, but I cannot say I am happy for the millions of child labourers in our country. This day has come after a long struggle, which began in 1986 when the child labour law was enacted.”

India has battled the menace of child labour gradually and the figures have improved. In 2001, the census counted 12.6 million child workers in the country between the ages of five and 14. While in 2011, the number fell to 4.35 million.


The Logical Indian hopes that this Bill will be able to root out child labour from the country. We urge our community members to voice your protest if you find child labourers anywhere.

 

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Kanaka

A Child Labour In Her Initial Years, This 17-Year-Old Is All Set To Address The Parliament

In Historic Move To Curb Child Labour, India Ratifies Two Core Conventions Of International Labour Organisation

Parliament Clears Landmark Bill; Maternity Leave Raised From 12 Weeks To 26 Weeks

200 Child Labourers Rescued In Telangana As Part Of National Campaign To Find Missing Children

Illegal Mica Mining In India Has A Grim Picture Of Child Labour And It’s Killing More Every Month

Child Labour

UNICEF India Raises Concerns About Amendment In Child Labour Bill Which Legitamises Child Labour In A Family

Latest on The Logical Indian

Exclusive

This Initiative From Pune Recycles Plastic To Turn It Into Cheap Fuel For Villagers

News

MP: Police Arrest 30 Carol Singers Singing On The Road, Right Wing Group Sets Priest’s Car Ablaze

News

On Nirbhaya’s Death Anniversary, Women To Meet & Sleep On Parks To Reclaim Public Spaces

News

BSP Corporator Takes Oath In Urdu, Stirs Controversy

Awareness

66% Dip In The Disbursement Of Funds To Promote RTI

Get Inspired

Remembering Param Vir Subedar Joginder Singh Who Laid His Life Fighting Chinese Until His Ammunition Ran Out