Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012 Passed in Rajya Sabha [ Current News (Concise) ]
Rajya Sabha passed Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012. Bill seeks to amend the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 to expand the scope of the law against child labour and strict punishments for infringement. The Bill is associated with the statues of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) contract.
Provisions of Bill:
- Ban of employment of children below 14 years in all occupations or except where child helps his family.
- New category of persons are added. It’s called “adolescent”. They are person between 14 and 18 years of age.
- The Bill Prohibits of employment of adolescents in risky occupations such as mines, dangerous processes and inflammable material.
- Bill recommends that Union Government be empowers to add or omit any risky occupation from the list included in Bill.
- Punishment for employing any child in an occupation.
- Confinenment between 6 months and two years (from 3 months-one year) or a fine of 20, 000 to 50, 000 Rupees (from 10, 000 to 20, 000 Rupees) or both.
- Penalty for employing an adolescent in a hazardous occupation.
- Confinenment between 6 months and 2 years or a fine of 20, 000 to 50, 000 Rupees or both.
- The Bill empowers the government to make periodic inspection of places at which employment of children and adolescents are banned.
- To ensure the provisions of the law are properly carried out and implemented for that Government may Powers on a District Magistrate (DM).
About Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986:
- In certain types of occupations prohibits the engagement of children below 14 years.
- Regulates the condition of work of children in other occupations.
Prohibits employment of children in occupations like:
- Carpet weaving
- Automobile workshops
- Handloom and power loom industry
- Domestic work and Mines
- To obtain consistency in the definition of “child” in the related laws.
- Published/Last Modified on: July 20, 2016