India: Two ILO conventions on child labour ratified
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given formal consent to two core conventions of International Labour Organisation ( ILO) on child labour, a global commitment to end the worst form of child labour and to ensure minimum basic education for children. The Instruments of Ratification to the ILO was handed over by Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya.
The move has been welcomed by the ILO and termed it as “great progress” against child labour by India. The Convention No. 138 deals with minimum age for admission to employment, while No. 182 concerns prohibition and immediate action for elimination of the worst forms of child labour. “Ratification reaffirmed India’s commitment to a child labourfree society,” said Dattatreya in an official statement. He also mentioned about a series of measures taken by the Centre, including amendment to the Child Labour ( Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, which came into effect September last year.