NHRC reviews child labour status in Punjab

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Chandigarh, Mar 17 (UNI) National Human Rights Commission Special Rapporteur L Mishra today reviewed the performance of the implementation of labour laws in the state with special focus on child and bonded labour.

While addressing the officers of various departments of Punjab government, Dr Mishra, who is on a two-day visit to Punjab, emphasised on the need to implement Bonded Labour system (Abolition) Act, 1976 and the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 to check the menace of Child and bonded labour in both letter and spirit.

Assuring Dr Mishra, the Principal Secretary to the department of labour P Ram said, that as per the guidelines issued by the Central Government with regard to child and bonded labour, strict compliance have already been given to all the district administrative heads of the state.

A high powered state screening committee on bonded labour to review measures to prevent bondage and to implement the provisions of Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 1976 had also been constituted, said Mr Ram.

To educate the child labourers and to include them in the mainstreams, projects were being run by the NGOs at Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana under Centrally sponsored National Child Labour Projects (NCLP), he added.


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