Law against child labour to be more strict: Bandaru Dattatreya

 Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Thursday said more teeth will be provided to the existing laws against child labour and a rehabilitation fund will be set up for children rescued from exploitation.

Ranchi: Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Thursday said more teeth will be provided to the existing laws against child labour and a rehabilitation fund will be set up for children rescued from exploitation.

"A bill will be brought during the Monsoon session of the Parliament to make the existing laws against child labour stricter," the minister of state for Labour and Employment (Independent charge) told reporters here.

Dattatreya, who was here to participate in the convention of labour ministers from eastern states, said another bill would be brought to set up a rehabilitation fund for the children rescued from exploitation.

Making it clear that the Centre would take strict action against violators of labour laws, Dattatreya said the existing laws against employing children between 14 and 18 years of age in hazardous works would also be made more stringent.