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Govt for child labour bill in budget session

Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya says there is a need for a total ban on child labour for children age up to 14 years

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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"Child protection bill is to be produced in the next session of the Parliament. There is a need for a total ban on child labour for children age up to 14 years. We will present the bill in Parliament," Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said here while facilitating Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi.

"Also, right to education is a necessity. Our ministry will give full cooperation so that the children under 14 years get their right of education," he said.

The Child Labour (Prohibition and Rehabilitation) Amendment Bill, 2012 includes total prohibition of employment of children below 14 years of age. It also prohibits children aged between 14-18 years from employment in hazardous occupations and processes.

The amendment also seeks to link the age of prohibition to age under Right to Education Act, 2009.

"India is one of the youngest countries and to reap the benefits of this exceptional demographic dividend, it is necessary to ensure the linkages between education and vocational training," said the minister.

Satyarti said not much is allocated in the towards child welfare and this is a problematic area.

"In India, about 41 per cent of the children are below 18 years of age. But only 4.5 per cent of the budget is spent on them. We also need to change the ways of implementing laws in our country," he added.

In reply to a query on Factories Amendment Bill, 2014, the minister said that a tripartite meeting has been called this week - government, companies, trade unions.

"Several bills are there. All are in the process. Some of them are going to be tripartite meeting. Some of them have to go to the Cabinet. And afterwards the process will start and follow for Parliament for consideration," Dattatreya said.

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First Published: Mon, February 16 2015. 21:10 IST