She­hbaz vows to curb child labour

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

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.

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