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Working of youth banned at hazardous places in Punjab

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Published: July 15, 2016 01:09 pm

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ISLAMABAD: The Punjab government has promulgated an ordinance to prohibit the employment of children and  restrict the employment of adolescents between ages of 15-18 years at hazardous places.

This Ordinance repealing the Employment of Children Act, 1991 may be cited as the Punjab Restriction on Employment of Children Ordinance 2016 which will extend to whole province of the Punjab and to come into force with immediate effect. According to this Ordinance, the child and young person between ages of 15-18 years will not be allowed for hazardous work which is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of adolescents.

It has also categorized the nature of hazardous work which mainly include occupation or work connect with transport of passengers, goods or mail; underground mines and on ground quarries including blasting;  power driven cutting machinery like saws, shears, guillotines, agricultural machines, thrashers, fodder cutting machines; live electrical wires over 50 volts; all operations related to leather tanning processes such as soaking, dehairing, liming, chrome tanning, deliming, pickling, defleshing, ink application; mixing and manufacture of pesticides and insecticides and fumigation; the sites where liquid petroleum gas (LPG) or compressed natural gas (CNG) is filled in cylinders; glass and metal furnaces and glass bangles manufacturing; spice grinding; boiler house;  cinemas, mini cinemas and cyber clubs; shells manufacturing;  soap manufacturing; wool cleaning;  building and construction industry and etc.

The Government shall, by notification, constitute a Committee to be called the Provincial Committee on Child Labour to advise the Government for appropriate legislative, administrative and other measures for the eradication of child labour. This committee will propose the minimum age for purposes of employment in the Province subject to Article 11 of the Constitution.

The Committee shall consist of a chairperson and not more than eight members representing the Government, employers, workers and civil society.

The Ordinance also explains about duration of work to be fixed by the occupier for the adolescents which will not exceed three hours. And if he is required to work for more than three hours in a day, the occupier shall provide a mandatory interval of at least one hour for rest to him immediately after three hours of work, moreover, the total period of work including mandatory interval for rest, shall not exceed seven hours. The ordinance disallows work of an adolescent between 7pm and 8am, or overtime and says the working hours should not clash with the school or educational institution timings of the adolescent, allowing him a weekly holiday.

An occupier shall allow an adolescent employed in the establishment a holiday of at least one whole day in a week. An occupier shall maintain a register in respect of adolescents employed or permitted to work in the establishment and shall make the register available for inspection to an Inspector at all times during working hours.

An occupier, who employs or permits a child to work in an establishment, shall be liable to punishment with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, but which shall not be less than seven days and with a fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees, but which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees.

The Government shall appoint an appellate authority in each District to hear and decide the appeals as per law.

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