The government will soon come out with guidelines on the working condition of children in television.
The Women and Child Development Ministry has constituted a committee to look into the matter and recommend guidelines to regulate the emerging area of “child labour”. It has also asked the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to visit studios and find out how child artists are being treated. “Working conditions are not properly defined. There are no guidelines to define whether they are getting proper rest after shoots or nutritious food in the studios,” Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhary said.
The five-member committee will comprise ministry officials, a child psychologist, a member of NCPCR and a professional with experience in producing reality shows. It will submits its report in a month’s time.
The government wants to find out whether the education of these children is suffering. Chowdhury said some parents of child stars were “selfish”.
“We are also concerned about the type of advertisements in children-specific programmes and will look into their content,” Chowdhary said.
The NCPCR’s Sandhya Bajaj said they planned to talk to child stars who’ve made it big like Kunal Khemu and Sarika for feedback and suggestions. She defined the phenomenon of children on TV as a new type of child labour.