Safeguarding the child rights and challenges ahead of the Government

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Safeguarding the child rights and challenges ahead of the Government

Today are we providing a better and safer environment for our children?

The Constitution of India guarantees safeguard of the child rights through article 24 of the constitution which is the fundamental right and it should be enforced by the supreme court in case of violation and this article states that Prohibition of employment of children in factories, etc No child below the age of fourteen years shall be employed to work in any factory or mine or engaged in any other hazardous employment. Several laws existed in India, but are not implemented, and some of the worst forms of child labour were practiced here.

We are really fortunate enough that we got the opportunity to access and avail the education and health facilities unlike so many children. Nearly about 4.3 million children wakeup to a day of labour and not school and as per labour bureau of India officially there were around 9.8 millions are out of school even though we have stringent rules and child labour protection and regulation act 1986. I strongly believe that child labour perpetuates illiteracy and poverty and it is the root cause for the organized crimes such as human trafficking, terror and drug mafia and unemployment.

I still remember the quote which taught during school days “the future of the nations lies in the four walls of the classroom”. but so many children’s are away from the school even though we enacted the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE), in 2009 and article 21(a) of the constitution guarantees the free and compulsory education for children between 6 and 14 age group. And I feel it is fundamental duty of every citizen of India to be a part of implementation of these fundamental rights of the children. And particularly educated youth should play proactive role in addressing the important aspects of the safety of the children’s. So many NGO are striving hard and working in this direction to eliminate child labour and one of prominent person among them is Kailash satyarthi founder of bachpan bachao andholan and he started a global march against the child labour in 1998 which went across 80,000 km in 100 nations and received Nobel prize for his outstanding contribution in the implementation of child rights and some NGOs like teach for India providing quality education to the poor and vulnerable sections of the society. So many children’s are working as bonded labours in many houses and they are even not paid in some instances and I feel they too have dreams to be fulfilled. So many children’s used to make garments and but can never have dream to wear those garments which produce for MNCs. So many children’s used to stitch the foot ball but never get opportunity to play that football. I feel we should fight against this injustice and fight against this human right. Challenges ahead for the govt:

Poverty is not only the reason for the child labour. we need to identify existing challenges as well as future challenges.Emergency challenges have to be addressed right now with utmost priority and political will and these causing consequences of child labour.

1.Education emergency - 57 millions are out of school today and this children have to be in school…Education of child labour and elimination of child labour are two sides of same coin and I strongly believe we cannot achieve one without other. Investment in education preserves elimination of child labour and its best investment to mitigate global economic crisis and poverty

2. Employment emergency - So many families are not getting enough wages to meet their daily needs so they are sending their children to the factories instead of education. I feel government must take appropriate measures and try to come up with the welfare initiatives such as Mahatma Gandhi national rural employment guarantee scheme.

3.Economic emergency – I strongly believe government should allocate the enough financial resources in order to ensure this child labours laws enforced properly.

4.Ecological emergency - Climate change is creating severe problem and most of them are manmade disasters and they are forcing poor people to displace from their native place and go in search of job and their children becoming child labourers and domestic labours. We need child friendly disaster management.

We cannot alter the circumstances overnight, to achieve great reforms one must continue to move in a singular direction with utmost sincerity and investment in children is investment in future. I hope government will take stringent actions towords those who are violating the child protective rights and come up with the enough measures to enforce them properly

Thank you.

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