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

| Updated: Jul 27, 2016 02:49 IST

New Delhi, July 26 (ANI): The Parliament on Tuesday passed the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016 with Lok Sabha's approval. The bill seeks to prohibit the employment of children below 14 in all occupations and enterprises, except those run by his or her own family. The bill seeks to make child labour a cognizable offence attracting a jail term of up to three years and penalty up to fifty thousand rupees. Children below 14 will be allowed to work only in family enterprises, that too after school hours. The bill also defines children between 14 to 18 years as adolescents and bars their employment in any hazardous occupations. Earlier, moving the bill, Minister for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya termed the bill as historic. He said the purpose of the bill is to restrict employment of children below 14 years in factories and other establishments. The minister said a provision of creating Rehabilitation Fund has also been made for the rehabilitation of children. He said the new bill has been linked with the Right to Education Act. (ANI)