Virtual seminar commemorates ‘World Day Against Child Labour’

SRINAGAR: The Labour Department today organized a virtual seminar with the theme ‘Let’s Act on Our Commitments: End Child Labour’ to commemorate ‘World Day Against Child Labour’ .

The seminar witnessed participation of senior officers of Police, Labour , Social Welfare and Health Departments, Chairpersons and members of district Child Welfare Committees, members representing Juvenile Justice Boards, representatives of Child Line, Advocacy groups, Traders Federations and other stakeholders working in the field of Child Labour across all the districts of J&K.

Labour Commissioner, Charandeep Singh, in his address, touched upon the theme emphasizing the need for collective action to eradicate child labour and protect children from exploitation. He said abolition of Child Labour is enshrined in the Constitution besides Acts and Laws have been enacted on the issue. Recently, India has ratified the two main conventions of International Labour Organization (ILO) on Child Labour which mandate countries to take immediate effective measures to secure prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour as a matter of urgency, he added. He further said that the conventions also necessitated fixing of a minimum age for entry into work or employment besides establishment of national policies for elimination of child labour.  He added that enactment of Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016 further strengthened the legal framework against child labour by expanding prohibition of employment of children below 14 years in all occupations and processes, except where the child helps his family in non-hazardous occupations or sectors.

Charandeep Singh said despite legislative measures and efforts by the governmental and non governmental organizations, child labour remains prevalent across the country, particularly in rural and informal sectors. He emphasised the importance of conducting extensive awareness campaigns besides ensuring continuous monitoring and strict enforcement mechanisms to ensure compliance with child labour laws and swift interventions in cases of violations.

Detailed presentations on various topics was also made during the seminar with Assistant Labour Commissioner, Anantnag, Peer Zameer Ahmad, speaking on the topic ‘Child Labour Policies’, Assistant Labour Commissioner, Kupwara, Arshid Qadir on ‘Role of Statutory and Law Enforcement Bodies’ and Assistant Labour Commissioner, Udhampur, Sapna dwelling upon the role of various stakeholders in eradication of Child Labour.

In his concluding remarks, the Labour Commissioner called for collective dedication towards eradicating child labour which has been a dark stain on society, depriving countless children of their childhood and robbing them of the chance to receive an education and a better future.

“By recognizing the socio-economic factors that contribute to child labour, providing support and resources to vulnerable families, empowering them to overcome poverty and securing a better future for their children through commitment and collaborative initiatives can bring an end to this injustice” the Commissioner maintained. He said that the seminar was conducted to mobilize stakeholders and fostering collaboration to create a world free from child labour.

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