The Child Labour Commission (CLC) was constituted in the state of Jharkhand in 2002 by adopting Bihar State Child Labour Commission Act, 1996. The key role of the commission in the state is to prevent and eliminate all forms of child labour, to ensure welfare and rehabilitation and disposal of cases relating to child labour. The commission has 22 members.
Key functions of the Jharkhand CLC:
- a. Undertaking regular review of legislations passed by Government of India and the state government for the welfare of Child Labourers.
- b. Ensuring effective implementation of the legislations.
- c. Constitution of committees to examine causes of the practice of child labour and its solutions.
- d. Providing support and motivation to non-government organizations and educational institutions working for the welfare and rehabilitation of child labourers.
- e. Starting of such activities which will help in creating awareness on the negative sides of the child labour tradition amongst the parents/guardians of child labourers, employers and the public in general. Besides this, promoting research and analysis for welfare of child labourers.
- f. Sending periodic updates to the government.
- g. Compilation and publication of data and facts on child labourers working in hazardous and non-hazardous occupations.
- h. Advising on prevention of entry of child labourers into hazardous occupations.
- i. The government by gazette notification will designate additional work to the CLC related to welfare of child labourers in the state.
The CLC carries out sensitization on the issue of child labour through media. Audio-visual clippings are aired on All India Radio, FM radio, Doordarshan and local channels. Appeals as well as other informative news items are published in renowned newspapers regularly. The commission also runs Toll free Child Helpline number (18003456526) to improve access to information on working children and to undertake appropriate action against offending employers.
The CLC keeps organizing sensitization and mass awareness workshops at the divisional, district and state levels. 10 District level sensitization workshops have been recently organized on child labour across the state. These workshops were attended by representatives from different government departments, non-government organisations and panchayati raj institution members like mukhiyas, panchayat samiti pramukh, jila parishad members as well as ward councillors.
Contact details: Contact person:
Jharkhand Child Labour Commission Dr. S.S. Pathak
Combined Labour Building, Doranda Secretary, Child Labour Commission
Ranchi- 834002, Jharkhand cum Nodal Officer
Telephone: 0651-2480320 ILO Convergence Model Project