Bilawal stresses more legislation to prevent child labour

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ISLAMABAD: PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has termed Child Labour as curse for human society and urged the concerned authorities to take concrete measures to raise healthy, educated and responsible future generations.

In his message on the World Day Against Child Labour being observed around the globe on Wednesday, the PPP Chairman said that he was proud that first-ever and only National Child Labour Survey was conducted under his mother Prime Minister Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in 1996.

Though no national level survey was carried out afterwards but United Nations (UN) and International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates suggest that 10 to 12 million children are engaged in labour in Pakistan, he pointed out.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari appreciated Sindh government which passed The Sindh Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill in 2017 carrying up to six-months’ imprisonment and a fine up to Rs50,000 for the offenders.

And if a child is employed for a hazardous job, the prison term may be extended up to three years with Rs100,000 fine. However, he stressed for more legislation in Sindh as well as in all the other provinces in addition to prevalent laws.

The PPP chairman fully endorsed the 2019 theme – Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams and reiterated the commitment of his Party for elimination of child labour and provision of all the basic rights and better environment to the children of Pakistan to grow into vibrant, peaceful and successful individuals.