November 29, 2021

Sindh Govt and UNICEF sign agreement on child labour survey

Sindh Govt and UNICEF sign agreement on child labour survey

KARACHI, (June 24, 2021): Sindh Government and UNICEF signed an agreement on child labor survey in the province.

Sindh Education and Labour Minister Saeed Ghani, Sindh Labor Secretary Abdul Rashid Solangi, UNICEF Sindh Chapter Chief Clara Dobe, UNICEF Child Protection Officer Sindh Dr Jabeen, DG Labour Bakhsh Ali Mehr, Syed Farrukh and others were also present on the occasion.

Under the agreement, UNICEF, the Department of Labor and the Sindh Bureau of Statistics will jointly compile a survey report on child labour, its causes and prevention across the Sindh.

Steps will be taken to strictly enforce the ban on keeping children under the age of 14 in industries as well as domestic and domestic workers.

The agreement stipulates that children between the ages of 16 and 18 will not be employed in hard labor such as boilers, mining, hard labour, glass bangle industry, chemical and electronics.

The agreement includes the minimum wage set by the Sindh government for the employees, ensuring the provision of wages, providing them with education and vocational opportunities, among others.

According to the agreement, in the first phase, District Jamshoro has been made a child labour free district and seminars, rallies and awareness campaigns will be launched to make other districts child labour free districts in the same manner. Labour will be warned to avoid.

Minister Saeed Ghani said UNICEF and the labour department will jointly complete the survey and a comprehensive policy will be formulated after the actual numbers of child labour is calculated.

In this policy, all stakeholders will be taken on board Saeed Ghani said.