In a stunning crackdown by the authorities on child labour at the PARLE-G factory in Chhattisgarh, the following grave violations were detected:
• Children below 14 years of age were employed illegally in violation of the Factories Act, 1948 and the Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act 1986 as amended by the Child Labour (Prohibition And Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016.
• Adolescents were made to work for 12 hours (8 am to 8 pm) in blatant violation of the Child Labour Act and the Factories Act.
Penalties for Non-Compliance
The factory owners/occupiers may be booked under Sections 3, 3A & 14 of the Child Labour Act, conviction under which shall lead to imprisonment upto 2 years.
Compliance Takeaways: Due checks & balances by the Factory Manager to ensure
a) No employment of children below 14 years
b) Certificate of Fitness for all adolescent employees
c) Adolescent Employees must at all times carry the tokens been given to them by the concerned factory with respect to their Certificate of Fitness
d) Devise a process to check that no adolescent worker is employed in any hazardous process
e) Notice to this effect has been filed with the Inspector
f) Notice of period of work and abstract of the Act must be displayed at the factory premises
g) Register for Adolescent workers in prescribed format including:
o Name & D.O.B
o Working Hours
o Nature of Work