Hyderabad: After the government announcement assuring support to the over 300 bangle making units under the USTAAD scheme and the cut in the export duty on bangles, representations are being sent to the Chief Minister from NGOs working to protect children from abuse requesting for a mandatory “No Child Labour” certificate for these units. “Every bangle making unit should provide a sworn-in affidavit that their unit will not employ children below 18 years,” said R. Venkat Reddy, national convener of MV Foundation.
Although, the units claim that nearly 60 per cent of their staff are women 300 kids were rescued from heinous working conditions during raids in January alone.
Hyderabad bangle units had come under the scanner due to the same as several children were found having oozing wounds.
“A clearance certificate from the Telangana State Labour department, certifying that no children below 18 years are found working in these units should be made mandatory,” demands MVF.
Following a proposal from Prajwala the High Court too had earlier this week directed both the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments to set in motion regulations required for “Child Labour Free Lac Bangles” called “Lacmark.”...