Child labour difficult to monitor

Officials say child labour in factories outside Quetta can't be regulated due to law and order situation.

Our Correspondent July 17, 2012
Child labour difficult to monitor


The deteriorating law and order situation in Balochistan is adversely affecting efforts against child labour, said speakers at a seminar on “Tackling Child Labour and Child Bonded Labour in Light of the 18th Amendment” here on Monday.

Balochistan Labour Department officials said that “we cannot regulate factories outside Quetta due to the law and order situation. Therefore we are unable to monitor child labour in these factories”.

National Manager for Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child  (SPARC), which had helped organise the consultation seminar, Gulnaz Zahid said that in light of the 18th amendment it was necessary to put an end to the draconian culture of child bonded labour.

Abdul Khaliq Dotani, Joint Director Labour Department lamented that not having any standing committees in the Balochistan Assembly hindered any progress towards legislation against child bonded labour.

A slideshow in this regard can be viewed here.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2012.


Salma | 11 years ago | Reply

lies - as if they were monitoring it before - Child Labour has never been monitored particularly in the informal sector as the govt neither has monitoring mechanisms nor resources nor the will. Why don't speakers speak the truth and find solutions instead of obfuscating it.

Nasir Mahmood | 11 years ago | Reply

Everybody is against child labour but Government as well as NGOs should find out the real causes of child labour. He/she may be an orphan, has no means of livelihood and he/her is feeding the family, what programme the Govt/ NGOs have to feed the families. Why BISP money is being wasted to make the nation beggars? This money should be diverted to feed the orphans and needy families to eradicate child labour.

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