Child labour can be curbed in 10 years
CHILD LABOUR could be eliminated in most of its worst forms in the next 10 years if the current pace of decline in child labour was maintained and the global momentum to stop it continued with determination.india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 00:02 IST
CHILD LABOUR could be eliminated in most of its worst forms in the next 10 years if the current pace of decline in child labour was maintained and the global momentum to stop it continued with determination.
This has been stated in a recent report of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on child labour. Referring to the report, state labour commissioner Sharda Prasad while addressing a workshop to mark the Anti-Child Labour Day here today said the report had confirmed a world-wide decline in child labour by 11 per cent between 2000 to 2004.
He said what was more important that the number of children in youth between the age group of 15 to 17 years engaged in hazardous work had decreased by 26 per cent while among younger child labourers between the age group of 5 to 14 years, it was 33 per cent.
According to Prasad, the report attributed the decrease in child labour to increased political will, awareness, concrete action in the field of poverty reduction and mass education through out the world.
Prasad added worldwide movement against child labour had been the prime factor in reducing the child labour menace.
He added as per report more than 30 member states of ILO had already set time bound target to abolish the worst form of child labour by 2016.
However, the report called for greater national effort involving organisations representing employers, workers and the government for strengthening the worldwide movement to make child labour a history.