Campaign kick-starts over amendment to Child Labour Bill

Campaign kick-starts over amendment to Child Labour Bill

SHILLONG: Voicing resentment over the latest amendments to the Child Labour Amendment Bill, 2012, approved by the Union Cabinet on May 13, young children in the city under the banner of Child Right Movement have started a campaign.

The latest amendment allows children less than 14 years to work in non-hazardous industries run by family, including agriculture and home-based work, forest gathering, etc.

The amendment also allows children to work in audio-visual and entertainment industry, including advertisements, films, television serials or any other entertainment. This has met with much resentment since they may include traumatic and hazardous situations as the regulation required for this was not specified.

The opposition to this move of the Union Government is being raised by young children who were working as the domestic workers in the various households in the city including those children who are helping their parents in performing their job have come forward as part to celebrate the Anti-Child Labour Day here on Friday.

Children are perplexed as to how would they divert attention to studies and work at such a tender age and this point has been echoed by many who feel that the latest changes curtail the very aspect of human rights when it comes to minors.

Interestingly, the Right to Education (RTE) speaks about free and compulsory for children under 14 years of age.

Meanwhile, North Eastern Regional Domestic Workers Movement (NERDWM) programme coordinator Wanpynhun Kharsyntiew said that this part of the national campaign to oppose the decision of the Union Cabinet to bring an amendment with regards to the child labour law by allowing children below 14 years of age to be employed in the family enterprises and entertainment industries.

She also informed that they have identified around 650 children under 14 years of age who are working as domestic helper in Shillong city alone. (TNT News)


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