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Ending child labour will attract global investments in India: Satyarthi on the World Day Against Child Labour

New Delhi: Ending child labour in all its forms in India, especially in the supply chains, will create an additional incentive for economic growth and enhanced international investments from companies. Economic growth cannot be achieved and sustained without eradication of child labour.” Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said at a programme here today.

Pointing out that while the laws to end child labour exist, the collective resolve of the people can help overcome their lack of enforcement even as it should be the responsibility of the states.

Speaking at the programme hosted by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, V V Giri National Institute of Labour (NLI), International Labour Organisation and Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, where June 12 was observed as World Day Against Child Labour, Satyarthi said that “businesses can play a positive role in reducing child labour, directly impacting its demand”. The others who were present on the occasion were Union Minister for Labour and Employment Santosh Gangwar and International Labour Organisation (ILO) India Director Walter Dagmar.

Appreciating the steps taken so far by the government, Satyarthi said that if India hoped to achieve its global commitment to end child labour by 2025 as part of SDG Goal 8.7, it must establish a clear vision and roadmap, and act with urgency. Failure to act with urgency today, by governments, businesses, civil society and communities, will push millions of children into exploitation and adversely impact India’s economic growth for decades.

Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation also a hosted special discussion on ‘Barriers and Solutions in Accessing the Rehabilitation Programmes’ for children involved in labour. National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University vice chancellor Faizan Mustafa, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) chairperson Priyank Kanoongo and Rajasthan’s additional director-general of police B L Soni were the speakers. The session was moderated by KSCF director (training) Jyoti Mathur.

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