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India agrees to completely ban child labour at Geneva

India agrees to completely ban child labour at Geneva

At the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conference currently under way in Geneva, India ratified two fundamental conventions against child labour — the Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (Number 138), and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (Number 182).
Now India has become the 170th member of the ILO to ratify Convention Number 138, and the 181st to ratify Convention Number 182. ILO has 187 member states. The revised Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Central Rules entirely banned employment of children aged below 14 years in any profession or process, and of youngsters (aged 14 to 18 years) in hazardous occupations and processes.
Labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya, who is representing India at the conference, said the amended rule provided a wide and specific framework for the prohibition, prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of child and adolescent workers.
He added, "The momentum of the fresh initiatives taken to eradicate child labour has to be conserved as eradication of child labour is also crucial for the accomplishment of sustainable development goals by 2030.”
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said, "We all recognize the great growth India has made against child labour in recent years and the key role played by its convergence model of coherence between public policies and services."