Chief Labour Commissioner has no data of stranded migrants despite April 2020 circular

By Venkatesh Nayak* The lockdown imposed by governments since 25 March, 2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19 epidemic across India, now in its 3rd phase, has hit migrant workers, among others, the hardest. Not a day goes by without stories of their travails being highlighted in the print, electronic, digital and social media. What is … Continue reading Chief Labour Commissioner has no data of stranded migrants despite April 2020 circular

Challenges for marginalized children: Food, clothing, shelter, other essential requirements

Ambarish Rai, National Convener RTE Forum, writes to the Prime Minister to ensure that rights of children are protected during this unprecedented crisis: Hope you are safe and healthy during this unprecedented crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As we attempt to tide over this, I am writing to you, on behalf of Right to … Continue reading Challenges for marginalized children: Food, clothing, shelter, other essential requirements

Children living in extreme poverty are most vulnerable to effects of climate change

Text of the note prepared by Compassion UK, “Child Poverty: the Facts and the Future”, which is an in-depth guide to child poverty and how can one tackle the challenges: Child. Poverty. Two words that should never be put together. Yet tragically this is the reality for an estimated 385 million children, accounting for more … Continue reading Children living in extreme poverty are most vulnerable to effects of climate change

A topic of limited discussion, policies should ensure children work on dreams and not on fields

By Prem Ramesh Auti* "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." – Nelson Mandela On 12th June 2019, ILO celebrated 100 years of promoting help and social justice to labour and their family. On this day, ILO defined one of their sustainable development … Continue reading A topic of limited discussion, policies should ensure children work on dreams and not on fields

Boycotting products only band-aid solution to child labour problem, which is deep-rooted in society

By Akash Kumar* “Child slavery is a crime against humanity. Humanity itself is at stake here. A lot of work still remains, but I will see the end of child labour in my lifetime.” – Kailash Satyarthi In 2015, India was termed as the ‘shining star’ in the global economy by Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, then Commerce … Continue reading Boycotting products only band-aid solution to child labour problem, which is deep-rooted in society

India’s broken system of childcare and adoption: Campaign to give children chance of better life

By Shreya Kalra* The gravity of the situation of India’s most vulnerable children escapes attention because it’s an under-reported topic in the media and hasn’t been prioritised by government, thus leading to a lack of awareness among the general public as a whole. But there are approximately 30 million orphaned and abandoned children in the … Continue reading India’s broken system of childcare and adoption: Campaign to give children chance of better life

Children are told by teachers and parents: Corporal punishment with “a good reason” is necessary

A recent report “Choking Childhood: School Corporal Punishment - Everyday Violence Faced by Disadvantaged Children in India”, by NGO Agrasar, highlights how Gurugram’s disadvantaged children experience corporal punishment in schools. Based on quantitative and qualitative research in semi-urban communities in Gurugram, the researchers collect data from 29 children participating  in a role play, a survey … Continue reading Children are told by teachers and parents: Corporal punishment with “a good reason” is necessary