According to the analysis of a Non-governmental Organisation, CRY ( Child Rights and You), the decrease in the Child labour in India was just a dismal rate of 2.2percent per year. The reality suggests, that it would take more than a century to free the children of India from Child labour. The Non-governmental organisation has reported the data, after conducting surveys in the various states of India.
The report claims that over a crore children are part of the child labour. The analysis has also pointed out the growing problem in the urban areas, the child labour population in the urban areas has increased by 53% from 2001-11. The rise is due to the fact that the Children are forced by the parents to work in the building constructions of the city.
Komal Ganotra, Director, Policy & Research, CRY said, ” This increase of Child labour in the urban areas is due to the fact that employment is based in the cities. These are mostly seasonal employments like the construction of a building. Most annoyingly, these things happen where the Child welfare offices are present, the Urban areas”.
As per the report, 80 percent of the children who work in labour are based in rural areas. Out of which the majority of them work for agriculture cultivation or household industries. Bihar, Uttarpradesh, Madhya pradesh and Rajasthan accounts for more than 55Lakhs of child labour, more than half of the children working in India, The Hindu reports.
The issue of Child labour has been prevalent in India since Independence. The main cause, that makes the children of India being dragged into labour, is poverty. The governments of the states have completely failed to control poverty and Child labour. If the issue is not addressed as soon as possible, India would witness the loss of a great source of Human capital. Governments must provide good educational facilities to the poor children, apart from making the Child labour laws strict. Only then, India can be saved from Child labour.