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NCPCR directive on child labour
Correspondent: Kohima, 16 Jul 2008
Published on 17 Jul. 2008 1:10 AM IST
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The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has directed the state governments and various export promotion councils to set up self regulatory mechanisms to check use of child labour from supply to export stage. The NCPCR also asked states to initiate social auditing to make sure that no child labour is engaged in any form, according to a PIB release. In a communication to the Union Textile minister and the chief secretaries of the states, chairman of the Commission, Mrs. Shanta Sinha said the NCPCR was deeply concerned about the growing incidences of child labour as children were being employed by many informal and household sectors. She also said newer forms of child labour were being discovered everyday by media and social activists. “Many children are recruited as bonded labour. Commission has taken cognizance of reports of children being trafficked and employed in BT cotton fields, zari and embroidery making and many other industries. In spite of the notification prohibiting employment of children in domestic shops and establishments, there are millions of children still being engaged as help in this sector,” Mrs. Sinha said. The Commission asked the export promotion councils to put in place self regulatory systems to certify non-engagement of child labour from supply to export stage of the sectors they were engaged in. The directives have also gone to the chief secretaries of all the states to strengthen enforcement of laws related to Child labour such as the Juvenile Justice Act, 2006, Bonded Labour Act, Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, and to ensure that children were sent to regular full time schools. In order to strengthen enforcement of the law, the Commission directed that the states should ensure through the district collectors to put in place a task force to do social audit to make sure that there was no child labour in the processes and occupations as listed in the Schedule - Part A and B of the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986. It also emphasized the inclusion of auditing residential complexes by task force team to ascertain engagement of domestic child labour.

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