Child Labor in India

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One of the social problems in India is child labor. Children and youngsters are preferred for some jobs as helpers in some factories and offices. They bring water in buckets or bricks for construction work. They are sent to various shops to supply tea or coffee by a coffee-shop owner. They sell toys in busy localities for a commission. They are employed in some factories to clean cars. In Savakis hundreds of boys and girls are employed in factories which manufacture firecrackers and various kinds of fireworks like atom bomb, ground wheel, and flower pot, rocket etc. Rolling paper delicately and stuffing inside in the explosive material is their job. In the matchstick manufacturing factories their services are considered as essential. Young boys and girls are preferred for these, jobs as they can be paid low wages and as they can be controlled easily. But their parents do not realize that they spoil their children’s future. Young boys and girls should study and should not waste their time by doing some petty job in factories producing matchsticks and firecrackers. Savakis is spoken of as a centre favoring child labor. In many towns and cities child labor is a social problem. Youngsters are the future citizens of India. They should not waste their childhood doing some odd jobs. The State and the Central Governments should strictly enforce their law against child labor. There is a legislation banning child labor. But the factories and the industrialists do not act according to the legislation. If the children are not educated they cannot get good jobs. Their future in small factories cannot be bright. The Government should punish the parents who send their children for small jobs. Some time ago a group of children from the north India were taken by a hireling to work in some factory. The police who had clues about this stealthy affair rounded up the children in the Chennai central station and they were sent back to their places. This was indeed a signal service in...
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