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Santosh Kumar Gangwar affirms Government's commitment to empower children; says ending Child Labour is a priority

Shri Gangwar Chairs Meeting of Central Advisory Board on Child and Adolescent Labour

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New Delhi , 09 Oct 2020

Santosh Gangwar, MoS (I/C) for  M/o Labour & Employment  has said that the children are future of the nation as such it is our responsibility to empower them by initiating appropriate steps. He felt confident that the measures is being undertaken by Government today will enable us to make our youth Aatamnirbhar in the days to come.  Shri Ganwar said this while speaking at a meeting  of Central Advisory Board on Child and Adolescent Labour   through video conference yesterday.  The Minister also said that the historic labour reforms through enactment of  four  Labour Codes will prove to be important milestone in the history of labour of country.The Minister expressed sincere commitment of the Government to end child labour which he said  is priority of the Government.  The Minister  underlined that Child and Adolescent Labour, Prohibition and Regulation Act 1986, has been kept outside of the four Labour Codes so that the Act performs independently.

Shri Gangwar alerted  against possibility of increase in the incidence of child labour in view of the adverse effect of Covid 19 on the economy.  He, therefore,  called for suitable action in this regard.The Minister also elaborated   several steps taken by the taken by the Government towards removing child labour.  This include significant game changer  amendment in the Child Labour Law in 2016 so that  children  below the age of 14 are protected from work in any profession  or process and adolescent  children between the age of 14 and 18 are protected against employment in hazardous industry.  Shri Gangwar also informed that National Child Labour Programme (NCLP) was working well for rehabilitation  of child labour. He said that the stipend has been   increased from Rs. 150 to Rs. 400 per month and being paid into the account of children through DBT.  A PENCIL Portal  has also been started for marking  attendance online  as also for implementing stipend  payment system. Shri Gangwar also called for working on mission mode for rehabilitation of child especially in view of Covid 19


Tags: Santosh Kumar Gangwar , Bharatiya Janata Party , BJP , Minister of State for Labour and Employment



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