The Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act (CLPRA) is
in direct conflict with the Right to Education (RTE) Act and needs to be
amended, said Save the Children, a prominent NGO working against child labour.
‘We want the CLPRA to be amended to bring it in line with
the RTE,’ said Harpal Singh, board chairman of Save the Children.
‘The RTE, which ensures compulsory elementary education to
children between six and 14 years of age is in contradiction with CLPRA. You
cannot have one law to regulate child labour while another law guarantees the
fundamental right of every child to compulsory elementary education,’ Singh
At the end of their 45-day campaign against child labour,
the NGO asked 45 eminent persons to back their petition for the amendment of
The petition will be addressed to the prime minister.