Nobel Peace winner Kailash Satyarthi feels that ‘Make in India’ will be a disaster if the government won’t strict child labour law. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Satyarthi has said, “If investors are coming from foreign countries to manufacture in India and if your laws are so weak in child labour in comparison to international standards then it will become a big disaster”.
Giving an example, he said Apple faced a lot of criticism after allegations that child labour in China was being used to manufacture their products. He said, “In India, child labour is working because your law allows it. These big brands will be dependent on local producers who are free to employ children. But the international media and human rights organisations are not going to spare us.”
The government is talking about ‘Clean India’, ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ but, on the other hand, children are being employed in tea shops, restaurants and hazardous industries. His current concern is the Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Amendment Bill where the list of prohibited occupations for children has been reduced to only three from the earlier 83. The proposed amendment also allows children of any age to work in family enterprises or house-based industries.
Child labour is a form of modern-day slavery, kids are preferred because it is cheap to hire them. Children are future of our nation. Instead of wasting their childhood in labour, a nation can educate them. We appreciate voice raised by Kailash Satyarthi.