In­dia: Two ILO con­ven­tions on child labour rat­i­fied

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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.

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