The Union Labour and Employment Ministry has
expressed concern over violations of child labour rules in film and television
It has also urged the Ministry of Information
and Broadcasting to ensure strict compliance by the industry with the norms on
working conditions for children. Further, it has said that mandatory
disclaimers should be presented when children appear on screen.
Child Labour is prohibited in India under the Child
Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986 (amended in 2016) and Child
Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Rules, 2017.
Under the Child Labour (Prohibition and
Regulation) Amendment Rules, 2017, child artistes are supposed to work for a
maximum of five hours a day and not more than three hours without rest.
The rules also require permission from the
District Magistrate and an undertaking by the producer. It also states that one
person each should be deployed for ensuring the safety and security of a
maximum of five children
It also states that children should not be away
from schooling for more than 27 days. Further the rule mandates 20% of their
income to be deposited in a fixed deposit in their name
The Rules further mentions that if a child was
involved in filming, the film should include a disclaimer saying that all
measures were taken to ensure that no abuse, neglect or exploitation of the
child took place during shooting.