Govt spends on child development.BUDGET 2017-2018:
Feb 01, 2017, 07.42 PM IST | THE ECONOMIC TIMES |FULL ARTICLE
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project "Beti Bachao Beti Padhao" has been given Rs 200 crore in this year's budget, almost a five-time increase as compared to last year.
The Child Protection Scheme, which received Rs 400 crore last year, has been subsumed within the category of Integrated Child Development Scheme and has received Rs 648 crore.
Parliament passes controversial child labour bill.
July 26, 2016 | |FULL ARTICLE
Previously, only 18 hazardous occupations and 65 processes such as mining, gem cutting and cement manufacturing were outlawed.
It also stiffens penalties for those employing children, doubling jail terms to two years and increasing fines to 50,000 rupees ($740) from 20,000 rupees ($300)
While child rights groups have welcomed such changes, there has been concern over other amendments proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
For example, children will be allowed to work in family businesses, outside of school hours and during holidays, and in entertainment and sports if it does not affect their education.
Also, children 15 to 18 will be permitted to work, except in mines and industries where they would be exposed to inflammable substances and hazardous processes.