Child labour in film, TV comes under scanner

  1. The Union Labour and Employment Ministry has expressed concern over violations of child labour rules in film and television industry.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.