TINKER NOT WITH HAIL OF CHILD ACT 1986: KAILASH SATYARTHI

TINKER NOT WITH HAIL OF CHILD ACT 1986: KAILASH SATYARTHI

TINKER NOT WITH HAIL OF CHILD ACT 1986: KAILASH SATYARTHI

 

No.PR-59
July 13, 2015
New Delhi

 

TINKER NOT WITH HAIL OF CHILD ACT 1986: KAILASH SATYARTHI
 

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Monday appreciated penalty provision of Rs.50,000 being stipulated in Child Amendment Act of 1986 for engaging children below 14 years of age in any venture, cautioning the government not to either tinker with or prune the Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL) as already enunciated in it as compromise on the list would defeat the purpose the amendment.
 

Addressing the Members of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry under aegis of its Family Welfare Foundation, Women & Child Development Committee and Young Business Leaders Forum here today, Mr. Satyarthi sought the support of industry, government and civil societies to liberally invest in children’s education to enable India achieve the growth trajectory it intends to scale up.
 

Elaborating on the Child Amendment Act, the Nobel Laureate was also of the view that in the proposed Child Amendment Act, the definition of labour and family ought to be defined with clarity to remove the existing ambiguities in the present Act.
 

He, however, supported the engagement of children by their employer in case their education, general routine including pleasure are not sacrificed and amount to their over engagement, pointing out that world over children are engaged in some form or other in ventures that does not lead to their exploitation in particular to assist their families.
 

Mr. Satyarthi categorically said that the HAIL shouldn’t be touched as it clearly stipulates the hazardous engagements and processes in which the services of the children of vulnerable and under privileged section of the society cannot be employed or engaged.
 

According to him, in the last 20 years world over, the numbers of children engaged in various industrial activities have fallen to 58 million as against 130 million.  This indicates the concern of the humanity towards child labour but lot more needed to be done to eliminate this unfortunate thing.
 

The President, PHD Chamber Mr. Alok B. Shriram presided over the meeting in which the Nobel Laureate was invited to in the presence of the Sr. Vice President of the Chamber Mr. Mahesh Gupta and Chairperson of PHD Family Welfare Foundation Ms. Anuradha Goel.
 

Among other who were present on the occasion comprised Chairperson and Co-Chairperson of Young Business Leaders Forum, PHD Chamber Mr. Saket Dalmia and Ms. Kanika Shariram along with its Secretary General Mr. Saurabh Sanyal.
 

ENDS

Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal
Consultant (PR)