Nepal | October 23, 2020

Bill proposed to end child labour in informal sector

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, August 13

The government has drafted a bill seeking an amendment to the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act-2000 with stringent measures against worst forms of child labour in the country.

The proposed provisions in the bill posted on the website of the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration stipulated that labour office or province or local level may, with or without a complaint, depute its staffer for inspection of places where children are engaged in hazardous works.

In the proposed bill punitive measure against a person engaging a child below 18 years of age in work included fine up to Rs 50,000 from existing Rs 10,000 or imprisonment of up to three months, or both.

Anyone who engages a child in hazardous business or work shall be liable to a punishment of imprisonment of one year in maximum or a fine of up Rs 200,000 or the both.

“If a person engages two or more children in a labour at a time, he/she shall be liable to additional punishment of up to two years in jail or a fine up to Rs 200,000 or both,” the bill stated.

Residence, motel, hotel, casino, restaurant, bar, pub, resort, skiing, rafting, cable car, mountaineering, hot air ballooning, gulf course, polo, horse riding, workshop, laboratory, slaughterhouse, public transport, brick kiln, construction and manufacture of various products, were categorised as hazardous business or work in the bill.

Any person or group may file a complaint at the concerned labour office or local level in regard to offences under the bill.

It also proposed that a child engaged in labour or hazardous business may file a complaint against the concerned employer within one year of attainment of the age of 18. The labour office or local level may warn father, mother, any other family members and guardians of the concerned child worker asking them not to engage the child in labour or hazardous business.

The draft bill has been provided to all local levels for their suggestions and opinions as per the request of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, said the MoFAGA.

Eliminating trafficking, sexual exploitation, worst forms of child labour and ending all forms of violence against women and children, and protecting the rights of migrant workers are preconditions for meeting the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.

According to Central Child Welfare Board, children in Nepal were found employed mostly in informal sectors such as restaurant, transportation, construction work, agriculture, small and cottage industries, carpet factory, brick kiln, jari factory.

They were also employed as porters and as domestic workers. Incidents of involving children in hazardous works by lying their age have also been exposed. National Population Census-2011 revealed that as many as 104,714 children (56,267 boys and 48,447 girls) were involved in various types of labour works. According to Nepal Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey-2014, 37.4 per cent of children aged between five and 17 years were child labours.

A version of this article appears in print on August 14, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Traffic lights functional in 24 thoroughfares in valley

KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 21 Metropolitan Traffic Police Division today said traffic lights had been brought back into operation in various thoroughfares of Kathmandu valley. According to MTPD, traffic lights have been brought into operation at Singha Durbar, Padmodaya, New Baneshwor, Putalisadak, Su Read More...

EDITORIAL: The heat’s on

When the country is having to import rice worth billions of rupees annually, declining output due to droughts and other reasons is worrisome With precipitation far above average across the country, this monsoon was an extremely wet one. Or so we thought. But parts of the country were subjected to s Read More...

Government should reconsider decision: Free PCR tests are a must

With the government washing its hands of its responsibility for controlling the coronavirus pandemic through free tests and treatment, people may hesitate to get themselves traced, tested and treated at their own expense. They will, in all probability, hide their infection, if they catch it The gov Read More...

Vedanta in quantum world

From a superficial view, Vedanta and quantum mechanics may look extremely different. One is a part of evolution of modern physics while the other is the world’s most ancient spiritual philosophies about Hinduism. But both are a part of the same universe. So they must have the same underlying re Read More...

Man who fell off cliff being treated in Kathmandu

BAJURA, OCTOBER 21 Mansingh BK, who was deprived of treatment due to financial crisis after he fell off a cliff, is undergoing treatment in Kathmandu. A resident of Ward No 9 of Badimalika Municipality, BK fractured his backbone when he fell from ta cliff. He was facing problems in treatme Read More...

consumer price inflation at 4.52pc

KATHMANDU: The macroeconomic update unveiled by the Nepal Rastra Bank on Wednesday showed that the consumer price inflation (CPI) in the country accelerated to 4.52 per cent in the second month of this fiscal year (mid-August to mid-September) from 3.49 per cent recorded in the earlier month. Read More...

Trade deficit narrows down nearly 25 per cent

KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 21 While the adverse impact of coronavirus has been witnessed on various sectors of the economy, it was more pronounced on external trade and credit expansion of banks and financial institutions (BFIs) in the first two months (mid-July to mid-September) of the current fiscal ye Read More...

New Nabil Bank chairman takes oath

KATHMANDU: Upendra Prasad Poudyal, the newly appointed chairman of Nabil Bank, took the oath of secrecy on Wednesday with Governor of Nepal Rastra Bank, Maha Prasad Adhikari. The ceremony was carried out virtually on digital meeting platform, as per a media release. The event was witnessed vir Read More...