The Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act,1986 & Gujarat Rules 1994

. Information for Citizen
. Salient Features of the Act
Object : Employment of children not completed the age of 14 years in certain occupations and Hazardous processes as listed in part A & part B of the schedule to the Act is prohibited under this Act.

It regulates the conditions of work of children in certain other employments. No child shall be permitted to work in any establishments beyond 4 ½ hours in a day. One hour rest is required after 3 hours of work. Weekly holidays, medical facilities are to be provided.

However, under Section 32 of the Bombay Shops & Establishments Act, 1948, employing children below the age of 14 years is totally prohibited in all the shops and establishments in Gujarat.

Complaints can be filed against employer, for violation of this act. Criminal case can be filed by any person, Police Officer or Inspectors appointed under Section 17 of the Act in any of the competent Judicial Courts. Age certificate of every child labour, obtained from Government Medical Officer shall be the conclusive evidence as to the age of the child.

Under Section 3 of this Act, no child shall be employed or permitted to work in any of the occupations set forth in Part - A and/or in any of the workshop wherein any of the processes set forth in Part - B, as under:

The Occupations / processes in which the 'child labour' is prohibited under Section 3 of the Child Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1986:
Any occupation connected with -
. Transport of passengers, goods or mails by railway;
. Cinder picking, cleaning of an ash pit or building operation in the railway premises ;
. Work in a catering establishment at a railway station, involving the movement of a vendor or any other employee of the establishment from one platform to another or into or out of a moving train ;
. Work relating to the construction of a railway station or with any other work where such work is done in close proximity to or between the railway lines ;
. A port authority within the limits of any port.
. Working relating to selling of crackers and fireworks in shops with temporary license.
. Abattoirs / Slaughter Houses.
. Automobile workshops and garages ;
. Foundries ;
. Handling of toxic or inflammable substances or explosives ;
. Handloom and power loom industry ;
. Mines (underground and underwater) and collieries ;
. Plastic units and fiberglass workshops.
. Employment of children as domestic workers or servants.
. Employment of children in dhabas (road side eateries), restaurants, hotels, motels, tea-shops, resorts, spas or other recreational centers.
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