Lok Sabha passes Bill that allows child below 14 to take “home-based work”


New Delhi: On Tuesday the Lok Sabha approved the Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Amendment Bill, 2016. Even though some confrontation, it was declared by the Rajya Sabha by a voice vote on July 20, throughout the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament. The Bill brings in numeral of modification to the law from 1986. While it carry on to prohibit children under 14 years to be working in any "profession", it permit them to take part in "home-based work", such as serving their families in forests and fields.

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The alteration also describes children flanked by the ages of 14 and 18 as "adolescents" and allows them to be working in any profession besides the "hazardous occupations and processes" listed in the 1986 law. In the Rajya Sabha, a little Opposition associates had piercing out what could be measured dodge. Trinamool Congress leader Vivek Gupta had conveyed that, agriculture was not believed hazardous below the law, but the use of chemicals made it damaging. He had quarrel that employing children in family businesses of beedi-making and carpet weaving also put them at risk. This Bill is historic and will go a long way in curbing the menace of child labour. The new changes include jail term of six months to two years, from former three months to one-year term, and a fine of Rs 20,000-Rs 50,000, up from Rs 10,000-Rs 20,000. 

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