Child labour banned in scavenging
By Our Special Correspondent
NEW DELHI, MAY 23. The Central Government today issued yet another notification banning employment of children in six more activities and processes including rag picking and scavenging.
Issued as part of the Government's on-going exercise to declare more and more hazardous industries out of bound for employment of child labour to protect child interests, the notification pronounced that the child labour could no longer be used for processes like electroplating, graphite powdering and incidental processing, grinding or glazing of metals, diamond cutting and polishing, extraction of slate from mines and rag picking and scavenging.
Following the latest notification, the total number of hazardous occupations and processes notified in the Schedule to the Child Labour (prohibition and Regulation) Act has gone up to 70. These include 13 occupations and 57 processes.
These six new processes had been recommended for incorporation in the list of prohibited activities for child labour by the Technical Advisory Committee of the Labour Ministry. However, before issuing the formal notification, the Government had complied with the legal requirement of inviting and disposing of objections and suggestions from the various State Governments and Central Ministries and departments concerned.
Incidentally, the Government has also simultaneously amended Party `B' of the Schedule to expand item number 11 regarding Building industry to include processing and polishing of granite stones for purposes of prohibiting child labour.