New bill to help in ending child labor

New bill to help in ending child labor
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A bill has been drafted by the government to seek an amendment to the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act-2000 with strict measures against worst forms of child labour in the country.

The provisions in the bill posted on the website of the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration stated that labour office or province or local level may, with or without a complaint, depute its staffer for inspection of places where children are engaged in hazardous works.

In the proposed bill, harsh measures against a person engaging a child below 18 years of age in work included fine up to Rs. 50,000 from Rs. 10,000 or imprisonment of up to three months or both.

Anyone who engages a child in hazardous business or work will be liable to a punishment of imprisonment of one year in maximum or a fine of up Rs 200,000 or both. According to Central Child Welfare Board, most children in Nepal are found employed in informal sectors such as restaurant, transportation, construction work, agriculture, small and cottage industries, a carpet factory, brick kiln, jari factory.

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