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Child Labour

The policy of the government is to ban employment of children below the age of fourteen years .

With effect from October 16, 2006, employment of children under 14 as domestic servants and also in the hospitality trade, that is, in roadside eateries, restaurants, hotels, motels or spas, has been banned in the country.

Punishment for violating the ban is a jail term of three months to two years and/or a fine of between Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000.


Related Laws, Rules & Regulations

The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986

The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Rules 1988

Juvenile Justice Act 2000 (age: under-18 years)

Indian Penal Code (Section 374)

Factories Act (Section 67)

Shops and Establishments Act (Section 32) (age: 15 years)

Bonded Labour Act (Section 14 [B])

Minimum Wages Act (Rule 24 (i)(c)

Motor Transport Workers Act (Section 21)


Special Task Force

Maharashtra is the first state in the country to have prepared a state action plan for the elimination of child labour.

Its aim is to ensure a state that is free of child labour, with all children in school. It recognises that every kind of work for a child is hazardous.

The Maharashtra government has set up a special taskforce to help implement the regulations on child labour.



The taskforce is operating in Pune District under the chairmanship of the District Collector.

It involves the following authorities: Superintendent of police, Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Parishad, District Women and Child Development Officer, District Education Officer (Primary) of the Zilla Parishad,District Health Office of Zilha Parishad, Chief Officer Muncipal Council, Govt. Labour Officer(Member Secretory), and NGOs.

The special taskforce, acting on specific information, can undertake raids on buildings where children are employed, or in eateries and establishments where they may be working.


Rehabilitation

There is action plan for:

Educational rehabilitation of child labourers under the National Child Labour Project, Indus, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Education for All) and other Govt. schemes.

Economic rehabilitation of families of child labourers through convergence of existing welfare schemes of various departments.


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