Adequate provisions exist under the existing Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986 to take action against those employing children in prohibited occupations and processes. State Governments are appropriate authorities for enforcement of the provisions of the Act for the areas falling under their jurisdiction.
Government is implementing the Scheme of National Child Labour Projects(NCLP) in 271 districts of the country. At present, about 5 lakh children are enrolled in school run under the scheme. Under the Scheme, children withdrawn from hazardous work are admitted into Special Schools, where these children provided with accelerated bridging education, vocational training, nutrition, stipend and health care facilities etc., before they are mainstreamed into regular education system. Since inception of the Scheme, 5.21 lakh children have been mainstreamed into formal education system.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Shri Harish Rawat in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.