COVID-19 Situation and Child Labour

A State-level consultation on Impact, Preparedness & Action required to possibilities of increase Child Labour in the U.P.

11th June 2020, 03:00 – 05:00 PM

The sudden imposition of lock-down in India to stop the spread of the corona virus has thrown the lives of millions of children into chaos. Tens of thousands are calling helpline daily while thousands are going to bed hungry as the country shuts down to battle the pandemic. With 472 million children, India has the largest child population in the world and the lockdown has impacted around 40 million children from poor families.

Especially street children, child labour/working children who make their living by selling balloons, pens, and toys at the traffic signals and do-rag picking or other small scale work in the unorganized sector, are in vulnerable situation owing to COVID-19. Post-lock-down these children become the most helpless population as they do not have savings of even one or two days with them and are completely dependent upon external help.[2]   Presently everyone is in their house and children do not have any opportunity to earn therefore in upcoming days when things will start to normalize children from vulnerable families will compel to work in more distressful conditions.

CHETNA- HCLF has decided to conduct a state level consultation (Webinar) on the eve of “Anti Child Labour Day” (11th June 2020, 03:00- 05:00PM) to discuss Impact, Preparedness & Action required to possibilities of increase Child Labour in U.P. and planning of government & civil society to prevent this situation.

Objective –

Main objective of this webinar to-

  • Discuss Impact of COVID-19 on children and possibility of increasing child labour in U.P
  • Know the preparation of government to prevent the situation
  • Joint planning by civil society and government to help children in need

Outcome-

  • Participant will know about Impact of COVID-19 on children and possibility of increasing child labour in U.P
  • Awareness about government planning to handle post lock-down situation about child labour
  • Efforts to make collaborative strategy will begin

[1] https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-52210888

[2] https://thefederal.com/news/hungry-living-on-streets-children-send-videos-seeking-help-amid-lockdown/

Draft agenda of the webinar

03:00- 03:05Welcome of participants and context setting  Mr. Sanjay Gupta, Director of CHETNA
03:05 – 03:15Opening note  Ms. Nidhi Pundir, Director of HCL Foundation
03:15 – 03:30Impact of COVID-19 on children and possibility of increasing child labour in U.PDr. Helen R. Sekar, Senior Fellow (Faculty)
Coordinator, National Resource Centre on Child Labour (NRCCL), V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, (Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India)
03:30 – 03:45  Preparedness of labour department to prevent situation of increasing child labour in U.P.Mr. Syed Rizwan Ali, “State Nodal Officer/Coordinator State Resource Cell Office of the Labour Commissioner Uttar Pradesh”  
03:45- 04:00Preparedness of Women & Child Development department to prevent situation of increasing child labour in U.P.  Mr. Puneet Mishra, “Deputy Director of Women and Child Development Department Uttar Pradesh”  
04:00 – 04:15Impact of COVID-19 in possible increase of child labour in U.P. and preparedness of CIFMr. Abhishek Pathak “Senior Program Coordinator  North Regional Resource Center CHILDLINE INDIA FOUNDATION”
04:15- 04:30Preparedness of State commission for Protection of child rights to prevent situation of increasing child labour in U.P.  Dr. Vishesh Gupta, “Chairperson of U.P. State commission for Protection of child rights”
04:30 – 04:50Q&A and Open Discussion  Mr. Sanjay Gupta, Director of CHETNA
04:50-04:55Way forward in collaborative approach to help children in need  Ms. Nidhi Pundir, Director of HCL Foundation
04:55- 05:00Vote of thanksMr Bhupendra Shandilya, Advocacy head CHETNA