LABOUR COMMISSIONER Sharda Prasad said with enforcement of Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act from Tuesday, child labour has become a criminal offence and one found violating it would be liable for three months to one year of imprisonment.
He said the accused would also be liable to pay a fine ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000.
Talking to newsmen here on Monday, Labour Commissioner Sharda Prasad and joint secretary of the Union Labour Ministry Sanjay Srivastav said, “Child Labour is a social evil and the entire society must oppose this menace.”
He also informed that from October 16 to October 31, a campaign would be launched in the State to identify child labours.
Assistant labour commissioner or a labour inspector along with other officials would also accompany each team, Prasad added.
The labour commissioner also informed that a proposal was being finalised to incorporate all forms of domestic labour under scheduled employment on the lines of Karnataka and Rajasthan.
“The actual figure of child labour is much more but according to a survey there are 85000 domestic child labours and 1.5 lakh working in restaurants all over the country,” informed labour commissioner.
Prasad also informed that for proper rehabilitation of child labours, Child Labour Abolition and Rehabilitation Fund in each district was being formed.
“Money collected in this fund will be used for the rehabilitation of child labours and for generating self-employment for them,” Prasad added.