Kolkata: Child labour is decreasing throughout the country at a mere 2.2 percent over the last decade. Child Rights and You! (CRY), an NGO dealing with child rights in India have issued a press release on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour that it has undertaken a broad analysis of Census 2001 and 2011 data to map the scenario of Child Labour across the country over the last decade.
The NGO has analysed that at the present rate it would take more than a century to get the existing working children out of labour. It has analyzed that at present over a crore children continue to be a part of the country’s workforce. The analysis also points out a critical trend that the child labour in urban areas in the country has increased by 53% over 2001-2011.
According to the NGO, particular concern is the whopping rise in child labour in the age group of 5-9 years in urban areas i.e. the number of working boys grew by 154% where as the number of working girls grew by 240%.
“This is of utmost concern especially since enforcement machinery is primarily based in urban regions and the implementation of child protection structures is stronger in urban India. This increase in urban child labour could be attributed to increased migration including seasonal migration for employment as well as trafficking of unaccompanied minors.” Says Komal Ganotra, Director, Policy & Research, CRY(Child Rights&You).