Sindh Govt to further strengthen law against child labour

KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided in principle to further strengthen the existent laws against child labour in the province, said advisor to the Sindh Chief Minister, Asghar Ali Khan Junejo, here on Friday.
Addressing participants of a rally, taken out under the aegis of the Sindh Labour Department to mark World Child Labour Day 2015, he said that a bill is being finalized by labour, social welfare and law departments prior to its presentation before the Sindh Assembly for adoption as a full fledged law.
This would be equally focused to address any loop hole in the law crucial for children of the country, he said reiterating that forced labour particularly involving children will not be tolerated.
The Advisor to the Sindh Chief Minister said provincial government has already taken stern measures against the perpetrators of the crime and consequently all mills, factories and industrial as well as commercial units have been duly communicated that under the Child Labour Act no individual below 16 years of age can be made to work in these outlets under any condition.
The Advisor said that establishment of the Child Protection Authority is again a major achievement of the Sindh government where children victimized under any pretext are provided shelter as well as rehabilitation facilities. He said that the PPP government committed to the cause of protection of the rights of the workers is fully conscious that poverty is the major factor contributory towards child labour.
“Yet this must be understood child labour is rampant across the globe and concerted efforts have to be made by each of the country to eradicate the menace,” said Junejo. The rally was attended by activists working for the cause of child right protection as well as those from the concerned departments of the government.