The labour Department may soon crack the whip on errant production houses for not replying to notices sent last month for contravening the provisions of the Child Labour Act.
The department had last month sent notices to nine production houses and five TV channels, including Colors, Zee Tv and 9x, in connection with the use of child artists in TV serials like
Balika Vadhu, Uttaran, Chote Ustad, Chhota Package Bada Dhamaka, Chak de Bachche.
None of the production houses has replied to the notices, said Labour Minister Nawab Malik.
The penal action prescribed under these laws includes a maximum prison term of up to one year and a fine of up to Rs 10,000.
The laws state that child artists should not be forced to work beyond four hours at a stretch. Those who employ child artists must also ensure that their studies are not affected and that they are not physically strained.
“We have sent the file to the Law & Judiciary Department for an opinion. As per their recommendation, the procedure to prosecute the guilty will begin,” said Malik.