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.
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