Shehbaz vows to curb child labour
SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that training, education and proper care of children is essential for progress and prosperity of the country. He said that it is collective responsibility of the society to play its due role for elimination of child labour and grooming of children.
In a message on World Day against Child Labour, the Chief Minister said that the purpose of observing this day is to rid the children of the country of child labour and provide them maximum opportunities of education so that a bright future could be ensured to them. He said that Punjab government has undertaken effective legislation for curbing child labour and made comprehensive measures for this purpose.
He said that Punjab has taken a lead over other provinces with regard to legislation against child labour and its effective implementation. Shehbaz Sharif said that a vigorous campaign is continuing successfully for elimination of child labour from indus-trial and trade organizations especially brick kilns and child labour has almost been curbed from brick kilns in the province.
He said due to this step of Punjab government, the trend of child labour at hotels, workshops, petrol pumps and factories is decreasing and it is hoped that it will soon be rooted out. He said that all out resources are being made available for the education of the children who were working at brick kilns. He said that efforts for elimination of child labour is a form of worship and there is a need to work as a team for achievement of this objective.
He said that complete eradication of child labour is mission of the government and no effort will be spared in this regard. The Chief Minister said that World Day against Child Labour demands that all segments of the society should play their due role in this regard so that this evil could be curbed.
Hyderabad: The leaders of Society for the Protection of Rights of the Child (SPARC) have demanded the federal and provincial governments to carry out proper legislation against child labour in the country.
SPARC Executive Director Sadia Hussain and Regional Manager Kashif Bajeer, in a joint statement here Saturday in connection with the World Day against Child Labour to be observed on Sunday, proposed imposition of complete ban on child labour and demanded to raise the minimum age of employment for children to 16 years.
They said June 12 marked the Annual World Day against Child Labour and this year’s theme ‘end child labour in supply chains’ was everyone’s business. Every year on this day employers, worker organizations, the civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world highlighted the plight of child laborers, they added.
According to the ILO, they said there were around 168 million children around the world who were still engaged in paid or unpaid work across various manufacturing and service industries; many of them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
More than half of those children, they said, were exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as work in hazardous environments, slavery and illicit activities including drug trafficking, as well as involvement in armed conflicts.
In Pakistan, they claimed that there are no official national statistics on underage employment in the country as the last National Child Labor Survey was conducted in 1996 which estimated that there were 3.3 million child laborers in the country.
As per statistics by ILO, they informed that approximately 264,000 children were engaged in domestic work across Pakistan. They said Pakistan had already declared education as a fundamental right of every child aged 5-16 years under Article 25-A of the Constitution and after the 18th amendment, all matters relating to child labor had been devolved to the provinces.