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Globalisation And Child Labour: Evidence From India

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  • Mita Bhattacharya

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Child labour is a complex problem basically rooted in poverty. The Government of India has formulated policies since the economic reforms of the early 1990s. Children under fourteen comprise 3.6 per cent of the total labour force in India. Nearly eighty-five per cent are engaged in the traditional agricultural sector, less than nine per cent in manufacturing, services and repairs and only about 0.8 per cent are in factories. The elimination of child labour is a priority and is being implemented at the grass roots level in India. A large number of non-governmental and voluntary organizations are involved in this process along with national and international organisations. This paper reviews the child labour situation in India and analyses the effect of globalisation on child labour.

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Paper provided by Monash University, Department of Economics in its series Monash Economics Working Papers with number 09-07.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:mos:moswps:2007-09

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