Along with the rest of the world, Assam’s southern most district Hailakandi celebrated the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) today.
Administering the pledge to the officials and employees of different departments at DC’s conference hall, District Development Commissioner, FR Laskar urged one and all not to employ children under the age of 14 be it as domestic help or as shop-hands.
“Let us all join hands together and work towards annihilating all forms of child labour,” said Laskar, as he read out the pledge. Laskar underscored the need for concerted and integrated approach to eliminate child labour.
The day brought together various government departments, employers, workers’ organisations and civil society across the district pledging to do away with the menace of child labour in all forms by 2025.
Launched in 2002 by United Nation’s International Labour Organisation (ILO), the day observed annually on June 12, aims at raising awareness and activism to protect child labour by fostering a worldwide movement against child labour in any of its forms.
According to 2011 Census, there are around 4.44 million child labourers in India, which accounts for 36% of the total population.
In October 2006, the Government of India amended the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986, enforcing a ban on employment of children under 14.