Parliament passes Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016

Posted on:27 Jul 2016 09:18:20
Parliament passes Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016
27 July 2016 Current Affairs: Parliament has passed the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016.  The bill was first passed in Rajya Sabha and later in Lok Sabha during Monsoon session of Parliament. 

It seeks to amend the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 to widen the scope of the law against child labour and stricter punishments for violations.

The Bill calls for complete ban employment of children below 14 in all occupations and enterprises, except those run by his or her own family. It defines children between 14 to 18 years as adolescents and bars their employment in any hazardous occupations. 

It makes child labour a cognizable offence attracting a jail term of up to two years and penalty upto fifty thousand rupees. The Bill has a provision of creating Rehabilitation Fund has also been made for the rehabilitation of children.

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