The Committee stated that till the time poverty continues, it would be not be possible to fully eliminate child labour and therefore efforts to abolish it through legal means will not yield the desired results.
The Committee felt that in these circumstances, the only alternative left was to ban child labour in hazardous areas and to regulate and improve the conditions of work in other areas.
· Whoever employs a child or permits a child to work is punishable with imprisonment from three months to one year or with fine no less than INR 10,000–20,000 rupees or with both.
· The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000 defines child as being below 18 years of age.
At the same time, it robs children of their true potential, hampers their physical and mental health and goes against their dignity.
Poor education that goes hand in hand with child labour plagues India and is a big roadblock in India’s economic development.Understanding the Problem of Child Labour through Numbers The 2001 Census of India figures pegged the number of children involved in child labour (age group of 5-14 years) at a staggering 1.26 crore!This was out of the total child population of 25.3 crore at that time.Steps Taken by Non Government Organizations and Activists Numerous child rights activists and NGOs have been at the forefront of tackling the problem of child labour in India.Spreading awareness is the key to end child labour.The Act had a ‘Schedule’ which would enlist the hazardous occupations and processes.This Schedule was progressively expanded during the next many years on the basis of the recommendations of the Child Labour Technical Advisory Committee constituted under the Act.Taking into the account the findings and recommendations of the Gurupadswamy Committee, the Union Government enacted the Child Labour (Prohibition and & Regulation) Act in 1986.The Act prohibited children from being employed in specified hazardous occupations and at the same time regulated their working condition in other non-hazardous occupations and processes.Some prominent initiatives include: Thus we see that through a number of coordinated measures, the government and the civil society organisations can work collaboratively to battle this social ill and ensure that no child loses their childhood working in fields and factories..pass_color_to_child_links a.u-inline.u-margin-left--xs.u-margin-right--sm.u-padding-left--xs.u-padding-right--xs.u-absolute.u-absolute--center.u-width--100.u-flex-align-self--center.u-flex-justify--between.u-serif-font-main--regular.js-wf-loaded .u-serif-font-main--regular.amp-page .u-serif-font-main--regular.u-border-radius--ellipse.u-hover-bg--black-transparent.web_page .u-hover-bg--black-transparent:hover.