According to a data published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Assam stands at 13th position in terms of number of child labour (2.8 Lakhs) in the country.
In its Crime in India reports, from 2016 to 2018 the number of FIR’s registered under Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act (CLPRA) in India increased from 204 FIRs in 2016 to 464 FIRs under CLPRA in 2018.
During these three years the number of victims rescued under CLPRA also increased by from 384 victims rescued in 2016 to 810 victims rescued in 2018.
The number of FIR’s registered under CLPRA has increased from 2 in 2016 to 39 in 2018.
In total only 52 of FIR’s were registered under CLPRA during these three years and 53 children were rescued from labour and slavery in Assam.
It is evident that the state administration has paid no attention to its very important responsibility of eradication of child labour.
June 12 is celebrated across the globe as the World Day against Child Labour.
The celebration of World Day against Child Labour is a wakeup call for the Assam Government to pay attention to the humanitarian task of eradication of child labour.
Unless and until child labour is completely eradicated and every child goes to school, receives education, the demographic dividend which our country has will not get translated in growth and prosperity for everyone.
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