Govt working on consensus to ratify convention on child labour

Last Updated: Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 21:35

New Delhi: Government today said it was
working towards building a consensus for implementation of an
ILO convention which seeks to prohibit and take immediate
action for the elimination of the worst form of child labour.

"We want to implement it. We want to go with the world,
but we are taking some time to build a consensus surrounding
the issue," Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge
said.

His reaction came in response to a criticism from one of
the governing body members of ILO that India was only among a
handful of countries left which had yet to ratify the
convention 182 of ILO on child labour.

N M Adyanthaya, during his address at ILO`s 90th year of
celebration here today, said only countries like Myanmar,
Sierra Leone and Somalia were among the 10 countries left,
apart from India, which had yet to ratify it.

Kharge, who also spoke at the function, said there were
several socio-economic factors which was unique to India and
all of these issues have to be taken into account before
arriving at a consensus for ratifying the convention.

He said the mutual relationship developed between India
and the ILO over the years has been very meaningful and
beneficial.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 21:35

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