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The Hindu Business Line - - THINK -

oc­to­ber 31, 1997

Call for joint ef­forts to end child labour

In­dia has asked the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to ef­fec­tively ad­dress prob­lems of poverty and un­em­ploy­ment to root out child labour, and warned that trade re­stric­tions to raise labour stan­dards would only re­duce global trade. Child labour is a cause as well as con­se­quence of poverty and “the prob­lem can­not be ad­dressed ef­fec­tively with­out ad­dress­ing squarely prob­lems of poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and un­der-em­ploy­ment,” the Union Labour Min­is­ter, Mr. M.P. Veeren­draku­mar, told the In­ter­na­tional Child Labour Con­fer­ence here on Wed­nes­day.

‘In­dia must sus­tain 7% growth to elim­i­nate poverty’

The Fi­nance Min­is­ter, Mr. P. Chi­dambaram, has said In­dia has to sus­tain seven per cent growth in the near term and eight per cent there­after to elim­i­nate poverty in two decades. Ad­dress­ing young In­dian pro­fes­sion­als here, he said the higher growth path had to be backed by sound and sen­si­ble poli­cies, good gov­er­nance and de­ter­mi­na­tion to stay on course. He said higher growth gave the Gov­ern­ment the ca­pac­ity to ap­pro­pri­ate large amounts of money to ad­dress health and ed­u­ca­tion. The State would in­ter­vene on the side of the poor and the dis­ad­van­taged.

CITU calls for strike on Dec 17

The CITU has given a call for a strike on De­cem­ber 17 in sup­port of its de­mand for a new pen­sion scheme for in­dus­trial work­ers. The strike is also in protest against pri­vati­sa­tion of the power sec­tor, the CITU Gen­er­alSec­re­tary, Mr. M.K. Pand­hey, told newsper­sons at the end of the three-day meet­ing of CITU work­ing com­mit­tee here on Wed­nes­day. He said in­dus­trial work­ers af­fected by the pen­sion scheme in­tro­duced by the Union Gov­ern­ment would strike work. He said “we want pen­sion as a third ben­e­fit”.

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