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“Every child has a right to education and happy childhood”: Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani on Child Labour
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Union Minister of Women and Child Development and Textiles, Smriti Irani has appealed to citizens to report the instances of Child Labour on the PENCIL Portal or by calling on Childline-1098. On the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour today, Smt. Irani in a tweet message said, “Every child has a right to education and happy childhood. On World Day Against Child Labour, let us reaffirm our commitment towards combatting child labour. It is with people’s participation that we can ensure our children get a childhood they deserve”.

In another tweet, she said, “I appeal to every citizen to report instances of child labour on PENCIL Portal https://pencil.gov.in/or call on Childline-1098.  Because… We owe it to our children – the future of our Nation”.

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The World Day Against Child Labour is observed on 12th June every year around the world. The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. This year’s World Day Against Child Labour focuses on action taken for the 2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. It is the first World Day since the universal ratification of the ILO’s Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour and takes place at a time when the COVID-19 crisis threatens to reverse years of progress in tackling the problem.

As per the latest reports, Africa ranks highest among regions both in the percentage of children in child labour and the absolute number of children in child labour(72 million). Asia and the Pacific rank second highest in both these measures (7%) of all children and(62 million) in absolute terms are in child labour in this region.

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