KATHMANDU: If everything goes as planned, child labour in Nepal would become a thing of the past. This came to a light today at the closing ceremony of the first phase of the Nepal March for Education Campaign, launched in the capital.

Speaking on the occasion, Labour minister, Mohammad Aftab Alam said that the government would soon form a national child labour commission to end all kinds of child labour in Nepal.

"It's going to be the first of its kind in the world and would work towards the elimination of child labour by ensuring effective enforcement of anti child labour laws," he said.

Minister Alam said that a time was ripe to act immediately to eliminate the child labour in the nation.

Dilli Bahadur Chaudhary, President, BASE-NEPAL and National Coordinator of the Nepal March for Education said there were over two million children currently forced to work in Nepal.

An overwhelming number of them, he said, belonged to marginalised segments of society.

"To change such a pathetic situation plaguing the nation, the commission is necessary," he added.

Also in the offing is a new policy on rescue and rehabilitation of child labourers.

In this regards the child leaders in the Nepal March for Education are slated to meet President Dr Ram Baran Yadav, tomorrow.

Nepal March for Education campaign began in August 8 from the Eastern region of the country and culminated into a mass meeting in Kathmandu, today.