Minister vows to end child labour

Kathmandu, May 6

Minister for Labour and Employment Deepak Bohara today expressed the government’s commitment to ending child labour in the country.

Speaking at a programme organised by Bal Bikash Samaj here today on the occasion of its silver jubilee, Minister Bohara sought support from all sectors to end child labour.

Goal 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls for taking immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.

Minister Bohara said that the government was willing to work in coordination with private sector to end child labour. “We urge the private sector to work together to end child labour,” he added.

Abha Shrestha, joint-secretary at MoLE, stressed the need for inter-ministry coordination to end child labour.

On the occasion, journalist Prakriti Adhikari was given ‘Child Journalism Award’ for advocating child rights through journalism.

Minister Bohara handed over a letter of felicitation and a purse of Rs 11,100 to Adhikari. Child rights activist Suresh Thami and Wushu player Nima Gharti Magar were also awarded.