The problem of child labour has been a perennial one – and it has denied these very children the ‘kingdom of heaven’. Child labour isn’t anything new – and it has denied them the basic rights of childhood including the rights to play, education and leisure. Instead, they are bundled to work in dangerous work environments where they don’t think of these inalienable rights.
As per a study in 2012-2013, India had an estimated 32 million persons in the age group of 14-18 years, who are engaged in labour. A majority of them work in rural areas – and nearly 75% of children are employed in agriculture, as cultivators or in household industries.
Courtesy: Youth ki Awaz
Several civil rights organizations of Gujarat and Maharashtra, including Khedut Samaj Gujarat, mines, minerals & People, Adivasi Ekta Parishad, Bhoomi Sena and Kashtkari Samgathan, took out a huge rally in Talasari in Maharashtra on August 9, which also happens to be the World Indigenous People’s day. Memorandum sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the end of the rally:
We, the farmers, tribals, fisherfolks, labourers and citizens men and women of Gujarat and Maharashtra have gathered here today at Talasari (Maharashtra) under the common banner of ‘Bhoomi Putra Bachao Andolan’, on the occasion of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples and Kranti Divas, to highlight our fears and apprehensions on account of the proposed and planned Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). Read more
A six-year-old kindergarten student in Uttar Pradesh has petitioned the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against a poultry farm near his school, seeking its closure on the grounds that foul smell from the unit is causing breathing problems among children in the area.
Arjun Malik, from Shaamli, in his petition against Highteck Layer Farm and the state of Uttar Pradesh, stated that despite several notices by the state Pollution Control Board and protests by the locals, the poultry farm had continued operation.
New Delhi: More than 96,000 cases of illegal mining for major and minor minerals were reported in various states, including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, in 2016-17, Parliament was informed today.
The number of such cases was 1,10,476 in 2015-16. Read more
अवैध खनन को लेकर सामाजिक संगठन के प्रतिनिधि मंत्री पीयूष गोयल से मिले – विस्तार से पढ़ें