CHILD LABOUR.: Child labour is visible in most of the developing & under developed nations of world. Despite several legislations banning employment of children, this social malady is not resolved.This phenomenon is more prevalent in the unorganised sector. The basic reason for such an inhuman practice is poverty & lack of education. In India many Industries employ child labour to save on costs & raise profits. But at what cost? The children of today who are the future of the nation are exploited in an unfair manner exposing them to serious health hazards depriving them of even the basic education. The Government is no doubt doing something to prevent the abominable practice but the parents’ poor economic conditions drive them to send their wards for work. Firstly the parents’ concerns should be addressed by providing them a life with minimum basic needs. Then it might be possible for them to allow the children to go to school & get education. Recently a news was reported from Kolkatta that two children of road side push cart vendors got top ranks in administrative services exam.. It is evidently clear from this incident that given an opportunity the children of even poor families can prove their talent as much as any other.
The government must therefore provide an additional incentive to such parents who enroll their children in schools apart from subsidizing or providing free education. Such a measure can encourage the parents to compulsorily educate the children instead of sending them on menial jobs where they are not only underpaid but remain in poverty & ignorance for the rest of their lives.A mass campaign should be started in every part of the country deploring the practice of child labour & exhorting the poor parents on the need to get their children educated even if it required a certain amount of sacrifice. In conclusion I wish the NGO’S start a movement in far flung areas to create the right kind of impact on the concerned to annihilate this practice of CHILD LABOUR