Ministry of Labour and Employment of the Republic of India

06/24/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/24/2019 07:06

66,169 Child Labourers Rescued, Rehabilitated and Mainstreamed Under National Child Labour Project Scheme During 2018-19

Child Labour is an outcome of various social-economic problems such as poverty, economic backwardness and illiteracy. Government is following a holistic and multi-pronged strategy for elimination of child labour completely.

The Government has amended the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986 and enacted Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016 which inter-alia covers complete prohibition on employment or work of children below 14 years of age in all occupations and processes; linking the age of the prohibition of employment with the age for free and compulsory education under Right to Education Act, 2009; prohibition on employment of adolescents ( 14 to 18 years of age) in hazardous occupations or processes and making stricter punishment for the employers contravening the provisions of the Act.

Subsequent to the amendment in Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986, Government has framed Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Amendment Rules, 2017.

The Government is also implementing the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Scheme for rehabilitation of child labour. Under the NCLP Scheme, children in the age group of 9-14 years are rescued/withdrawn from work and enrolled in the NCLP Special Training Centres, where they are provided with bridge education, vocational training, mid day meal, stipend, health care, etc. before being mainstreamed into formal education system. Children in the age group of 5-8 years are directly linked to the formal education system through a close coordination with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).

As per the information received from State Governments the number of child labourers who were rescued/withdrawn from work, rehabilitated and mainstreamed under National Child Labour Project Scheme during the last three years, State-wise is given in the table below-

Sl. No.

State

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Andhra Pradesh

814

203

778

Assam

434

915

4562

Bihar

0

2800

0

Gujarat

0

187

100

Haryana

40

0

90

Jharkhand

334

2014

715

Karnataka

681

679

752

Madhya Pradesh

4442

11400

21387

Maharashtra

1692

5250

3721

Punjab

592

994

579

Rajasthan

630

105

0

Tamil Nadu

2850

2855

3021

Telangana

1431

2137

915

Uttar Pradesh

3066

0

7374

West Bengal

13973

17899

22114

Nagaland

0

197

61

Total

30979

47635

66169

This information was provided by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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