‘Child artistes can work only for 5 hours a day’

20% of child’s income to be kept in fixed deposit, as per Labour Ministry’s proposed changes to law

April 25, 2017 12:03 am | Updated 12:03 am IST - New Delhi

Safety first: As per the proposal, the production unit must nominate a person to ensure the security of the child artiste.

Safety first: As per the proposal, the production unit must nominate a person to ensure the security of the child artiste.

The Labour Ministry has proposed draft rules to fix the working conditions for child artistes and for employing children in family enterprises.

While a child artiste will not be allowed to work for more than five hours a day, a child “assisting” in a family business can only work for three hours a day, according to the proposed amendments to the Child Labour Rules, 1986.

“No child (artist) shall be allowed to work for more than five hours in a day, and for not more than three hours without rest,” as per the draft Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Rules, 2017.

Children will be allowed to assist their family in running family enterprises “without affecting” their school education. The family would include parents, real siblings, and “real brother and sister of the parents,” the proposal said. Such children will not be allowed to engage in any production, supply or retail chain which is “remunerative for the family and hazardous activities.”

The NDA government had brought a new law to govern child labour, known as the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016, which put a blanket ban on employment of children below 14 years of age. However, it had made two exceptions in favour of child labour: children could work as child artistes (in the entertainment sector), and could “help” in their family enterprises.

Under the proposed rules, at least 20% of the income earned by the child artiste will be required to be deposited in a fixed deposit account “in a nationalised bank”. The money would be credited to the child after she turns 18. The permission of the district magistrate would be mandatory for engaging a child artiste. The production unit must nominate a person, who would be held responsible for the safety and security of the child artiste, according to the draft rules. A child cannot take part in a “street performance for monetary gain” as per the proposal.

Children will be allowed to assist their family in running family enterprises “without affecting” their school education.

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