26 July, New Delhi
Parliament has passed the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill,2016 with Lok Sabha approving it Tuesday.
The bill seeks to prohibit the employment of children below 14 in all occupations and enterprises, except those run by his or her own family. It seeks to make child labour a cognizable offence attracting a jail term of up to three years and penalty upto fifty thousand rupees. Children below 14 will be allowed to work only in family enterprises that too after school hours.
The Bill also defines children between 14 to 18 years as adolescents and bars their employment in any hazardous occupations.
Earlier, moving the bill, Minister for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya termed the bill as historic. He said, the purpose of the bill is to restrict employment of children below 14 years in factories and other establishments. Dattatreya said, a provision of creating Rehabilitation Fund has also been made for the rehabilitation of children.
He said, the new bill has been linked with the Right to Education Act . Initiating the debate, Ranjeet Ranjan of Congress said that there are several loopholes in the bill which need to be plugged for the total abolition of child labour. Virendra Kumar of BJP appreciated the Minister for bringing the bill aiming to prohibit child labour.