Pope Francis

Sunday, 9 June 2013

CBCI, working with the unorganized workers of country since 1972

The Commission for Labor of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) inaugurated a campaign to combat child labor in the country.

“We the arm of the Catholic Church in India working in the labor sector is also committed and join many others in the worldwide combating against the child labor,” said Fr. Jaison Vadassery, secretary of the labor commission.

The priest said that it is an occasion to highlight the global and national extent of child labor and raise awareness on the situation of millions of children, girls and boys, working across the globe and our country India.

He said that the CBCI office for labor has the history of working with the unorganized workers of country since 1972.

The participants at the event noted that Children are a ‘supremely important national asset’ and the future well-being of the nation depends on how children grow and develop.

Though children are considered valuable and future of the country, but child labor disfavors this fact depriving the children of education, play and recreation, stunt their physical growth leading to defects and ailments.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) launched the first world day against child labor in 2002 to highlight the plight of the children workers and what can be done to help them.

Around the world it is estimated that 215 million children are trapped in child labor and 115 million of these are in hazardous work including armed conflicts, slavery, drug trafficking and all other illegal activities.


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