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What Is The Point Of #WorldDayAgainstChildLabour If Million Of Little Souls Are Still Doing Odd Jobs

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| June 12 , 2018 , 14:01 IST

Over two decades back, International Labour Organization (ILO) started an initiative to eradicate the menace of child labour from every nook and corner of the world. Many years later, the situation is not much different. Sure, figures suggest a dip in the number of child labourers but is that enough?

Like every year, World Day against Child Labour is observed with the focus attention on the global extent of child labour. With a different theme every year, ILO takes measures to eliminate child labour. This year, the theme of 'Generation Safe And Healthy' points finger at the horrendous working conditions.

As the little souls work tooth and nail to make the ends meet for their families instead of begging on streets, their sense of safety for themselves in lost somewhere. Doing odd jobs in exploitative working conditions, many children lose their lives every year and all the so-called citizens do is post a tweet with placards in hand.

The ongoing #WorldDayAgainstChildLabour on Twitter which many around the world are using for appealing against child labour is in vain if millions of children are still not free from the clutches of this global peril. The real question is, are the authorities working towards child labour eradication properly? If yes, then where's the problem?

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India has been at the forefront of child labour for years. The reason? Because even though the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986 is present for years, its implementation at the ground level remains a problem. The act of amended in 2006 enforcing a ban on employment of children under 14, only on paper though.

According to the Census 2001, there are 12.6 million child labourers in the country. However, the International Labour Organisation and civil society estimate their number at between 40 million and 45 million.

Both the government and non-government organisations have made ample of efforts to raise awareness against the evil but all are futile unless the parents take their child’s right to life, participation, development and protection seriously.

While most parents themselves hate to watch their children indulging in hard labour under hazardous conditions, their financial situation doesn't allow them to pull their little ones out of work for getting them admissions into schools.

This World Day against Child Labour, let's pledge to make little souls Learn, Not Earn.