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Child Labour Amendment Bill: Welcome move, but concerns persist

Need of the hour is to eliminate all forms of child labour up to the age of 18 years

Cherian Thomas 

The Rajya Sabha passed the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012 last Tuesday. The Bill has been generally well received, with the introduction of a ban on all forms of employment of children below the age of 14 years heartily welcomed.

If the legislation seeks to fully address the issues of India’s 4.5 million child labourers, it still has much scope for improvement. At present, one of the key debates around the bill is about the minimum age for employment. The Bill endeavours to harmonise both the Child Labour Act and Right to Education (RTE) Act ...

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