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Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
21-December-2011 15:28 IST
Policy for Placement Agencies to Minimise Child Labour
Government is not formulating a new policy for placement agencies to minimise child labour.

Child Labour is a complex socio-economic problem, which needs sustained efforts over a long period of time. Considering the nature and magnitude of the problem, Government is following a sequential approach of first covering children working in hazardous occupations/processes. Under the Child Labour Policy, Govt. of India follows a multi- pronged approach with the following three major elements:-

(i) legal action plan.

(ii) focus on general development programmes for the benefit of the families of Child Labour; and

(iii)project-based action in areas of high concentration of Child labour.

Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act prohibits employment of children below the age of 14 years in 18 Occupations and 65 Processes and regulates their working conditions in those occupations/processes where they are not prohibited from working.

The Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge gave this information in reply to a written question the in Rajya Sabha today.