India set to ratify international convention on child labour
"It's certainly a good news for us. If the government ratifies the ILO Convention and follows it strictly, it would certainly benefit thousands of children working in hazardous conditions across the country,"
- JR Sharan of NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan
New Delhi: Accelerating its fight against child labour, India is now preparing a roadmap for ratification of an international convention that prohibits child labour in hazardous occupations.
Addressing a conference on child labour recently, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Harish Rawat announced that the Government is making a roadmap towards ratification of ILO convention 182 on worst forms of child labour that bars employment of children under the age of 18.
Experts said the announcement by the minister can be viewed as a step forward towards elimination of child labour in agriculture -- the most ignored and least discussed issue in the country.