The Problem of Child Labour in Rajasthan


CHILD LABOUR In a far-reaching decision, the Rajasthan government has announced that a person below 18 years will be considered as a child labourer if he or she is employed. Rajasthan accounts for nearly 10% of the total child labour in the country with Jaipur alone having more than 50,000 child labourers in the age group of 5-14 years.

The state stands third after UP and Andhra Pradesh as far as child labourers are concerned.According to a report, “Children in India-2012” released by Union ministry of statistics and programme implementation, there has been considerable increase in the number of child labourers in the state of rajasthan “The situation is quite alarming. If you count the total figures for the state, it will stand at around 13 lakh”. However the annual health survey of 2010-11 in the work status category mentions that Rajasthan constitutes 5% of work force in the age group of 5-14 years.

The worst performing among all is Jhunjhunu district with 10.8%.Interestingly, a large number of children working in Rajasthan are brought from Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand. In western Rajasthan, most of thChild Labour in Rajasthanese children are forced into salt industry while in south Rajasthan they are engaged in farming of BT cotton. The worst situation is in the districts of Alwar and Bharatpur where children are forced to work in cracker industry where the risks are too high.” The prime industries where children are employed are in manufacturing of bangles, embroidery and weaving of carpets.  These children are then pressed to work for 14 to 16 hours a day on a meager salary of Rs 800to Rs 2,000 per month.

Recently, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) too detected large-scale child labour at brick kilns in Bhilwara.

It says a large number of children below 18 years are working in occupations such as gem polishing, ‘Aari Tari’, carpet manufacturing, domestic chores, begging, bidi industry, mines, agriculture, tea kiosks, dhabas.Besides the local children, a large number of child labourers from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi and West Bengal are working under difficult circumstances in Rajasthan.

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