Bhopal: Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Saturday demanded a complete ban on all forms of labour involving children below 14 years, against the backdrop of Union cabinet’s nod to amend child labour laws to allow children to work in family enterprise.
The child-right activist said providing education to all children in society is the key to put an end to this practice. “Because of child labour, there is poverty, illiteracy and sickness in the world and it is very essential to provide education to them as it can effectively eradicate child labour from world," said Satyarthi, founder of the “Bachpan Bacahao Andolan" during an event here.
Referring to the proposed Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Bill, 2012, he demanded a total ban on employing children below 14 in all kinds of profession.
On one of the proposed amendments that allows children below 14 years to work in family enterprise after his school hours or during vacations, Satyarthi said the children should be allowed to do so only under his parents or legal guardians and not under his relatives.
He also demanded a complete ban on employment of children in the age group of 15-18 years in all forms of hazardous industries. The existing child labour law, which was framed in 1986, has many loopholes, he said, adding that the proposed bill will plug them and have more stringent provisions. “We demanded that in the cases of violation, provision of awarding stringent punishment and heavy fines should be done in the proposed new bill to which Union cabinet has recently given its nod," Satyarthi said. “I have demanded from labour minister that the list of 18 hazardous industries should not be brought down under any circumstances and that it should be enhanced further by identifying more such industries," he said.
Satyarthi also said he would be attending the UN world education summit from next Monday, and will address it along with the UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon, in which road map for next 15 years of education will be prepared. He said a total of 60 million children across the world have not attended schools whereas 250 million children have dropped out of schools. PTI