ILO Convention on Child Labour


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ILO Convention on Child Labour 


After the enactment of the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016, Government has recently ratified the International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions No. 138 concerning minimum age for employment and No. 182 concerning prohibition and elimination of worst forms of child labour.


The Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016 provides for stricter punishment and cognizable offence for employing any child or adolescent in contravention of the Act. The penalty provisions against violation of the Act are as under:
 
(i)In case of first offence of employing any child or adolescent in contravention of the Act, punishment would be imprisonment for a term not less than six months but which may extend to two years or with fine not less than Rs.20,000/, but which may extend to Rs.50,000/- or with both.

(ii) In case of a second or subsequent offence of employing any child or adolescent in contravention of the Act, the minimum imprisonment would be one year which may extend to three years.

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Substantive Reforms in Labour Sector

Reforms in labour laws are an ongoing process to update legislative system to address the need of the hour and to make them more effective and contemporary to the emerging economic and industrial scenario. The Second National Commission on Labour has recommended that the existing Labour Laws should be broadly grouped into four or five Labour Codes on functional basis. Accordingly, the Ministry has taken steps for drafting four Labour Codes on Wages; Industrial Relations; Social Security & Welfare; and Safety and Working Conditions respectively, by simplifying, amalgamating and rationalizing the relevant provisions of the existing Central Labour Laws. Ministry of Labour & Employment has also notified “Ease of Compliance to maintain Registers under various Labour Laws Rules, 2017” on 21st February 2017 which has in effect replaced the 56 Registers/Forms prescribed under 9 Central Laws and Rules made there under into 5 common Registers/Forms. This will save efforts, costs and lessen the compliance burden by various establishments. These legislative initiatives will not only streamline compliance for establishments but also improve the wage security, job security and social security of the workers.
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