President Reaffirms Pakistans Resolve To Eradicate Child Labour

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – twelfth Jun, 2022 ) :President Dr Arif Alvi Sunday stated that Pakistan was dedicated to its worldwide obligations in the direction of the prevention of kid labour in all its varieties and manifestations.

“World Day against Child Labour is observed all over the world to raise awareness for the prevention of child labour, encourage stakeholders to speak against this social evil and re-affirms our resolve to end child labour in all its forms and manifestations,” the President stated in a message on the observance of the Day throughout the globe on June 12.

The President stated that baby labour was a rising curse on this planet, notably the growing nations and Pakistan was the sufferer of this rising international phenomenon.

The President stated Article 11 (3) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan assured that “no child below the age of fourteen years shall be engaged in any factory or mine or any other hazardous employment. Furthermore, the Federal and provincial laws forbade child labour, however, implementation of these laws needed to be strengthened at all levels, the President said, adding “The total nation wants to face collectively to combat this evil.” The child labour, President Alvi said, deprived children from receiving basic education and access to health facilities. It exposed them to harmful and hazardous environments and clipped their basic rights to life and liberty, he added.

The President further observed that the child labour was harmful to the physical and mental development of the children, compromised their dignity, prevented them from going to schooling, subjected them to excessively long and heavy work and in the worst-case scenario subjected them to slavery and separation from their families, he noted.

“The kids illegally working in several jobs, in factories, enterprises, agriculture and houses are disadvantaged of their childhood which they deserve and are subjected to worse working circumstances,” he observed.

The President underlined that every child has a right to get the education and better health and stressed upon the need to ensure that their children were also provided a safe and secure environment around them. “We can accomplish that by strengthening capability of the regulators to handle the difficulty of kid and bonded labour. The launch of efficient and decided consciousness marketing campaign to sensitize the society on dangerous results of kid labour is one necessary aspect to combat the menace of kid labour,” the President stated.

The President additionally emphasised that supporting of the federal and provincial authorities to reinforce their capacities on information assortment and evaluation, selling inter-agency cooperation and sharing information and efficient advocacy must also be pursued to counter this menace.

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