|30 April 2008|
|Ministry of Labour & Employment|
GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO ELIMINATION OF CHILD LABOUR
Government is committed to elimination of child labour from the country and is implementing the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Scheme in 250 districts of the country for the rehabilitation of child labour. Under the Scheme, children withdrawn from hazardous occupations and processes are put into Special Schools, where they are provided with accelerated bridging education, vocational training, nutrition, stipend and health care facilities etc., before they are mainstreamed in to regular education.
While there is no specific proposal to prohibit children below the age of 14 years from selling cold drinks and ice-creams, the Government had prohibited employment of children in dhabas, hotels, road-side eateries etc., with effect from 10.10.06 which may include the selling of cold drinks and ice-creams in dhabas and road side eateries etc.
This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Shri Oscar Fernandes in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.