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Child Labour in Carpet Industry

Alakh N. Sharma (Author) Nikhil Raj (Author)
Synopsis In recent years there has been widespread reports in the media, both inside and outside the country, about the exploitation of child labour, including bonded labour in India’s carpet industry. In the wake of the criticisms, several measures have been initiated to tackle the problem of child labour in carpet production. Social labeling was one such initiative introduced in the nineties. It aims at improving the living and working conditions of the weaving community by exerting pressure on the exporters/suppliers to enforce fair conditions including prohibiting child labour in the production of carpets. This is considered to be an important intervention at the economic level, linking trade with the prohibition of child labour. This book examines the impact of these labeling initiatives on child labour. It is based on a study commissioned by the international Labour Organisation aimed at providing an input to a global ILO-IPECstudy on the impact of social labeling on child labour. Besides interviews with a cross-section of people-organisations connected with the carpet trade, it has also surveyed 35 villages spread over nine districts in four states of India. Looms in the sample villages were also covered through a structured loom survey. The different welfare and rehabilitation measures initiated under the labeling programme are also examined. This extensive study reveals some interesting findings, including changes in the structure and pattern of child labour working in the carpet industry, which on various counts are contrary to the general perception and media reports. The book will be useful for all those involved with the issue of child labour, particularly government functionaries, social activists, development practitioners, international organizations and many others.
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About the authors

Alakh N. Sharma

Alakh N. Sharma is the Director of the Institute for Human Development, and the Editor of The Indian Journal of Labour Economics. Earlier, he was a Senior Visiting Fellow, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi; Adviser (Research), V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, NOIDA; Professor, Shri Ram Centre for Industrial Relations, New Delhi; and a faculty member, A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna. He has made significant contributions to research in areas such as poverty, migration, employment and labour markets.

Nikhil Raj

Nikhil Raj is Programmes Manager, ICT Research & Advocacy with the South Asia Office of One World International, U He has held positions as Development Economist at Tata Consultancy Services and faculty positions at VVG National Labour Institute and Delhi University. He has also Institute and Delhi University. He has also worked with the Institute for Human Development as a Fellow. He has been involved with projects on child labour with ILO, UNICEF, WFP and several other agencies and has contributed several papers on issues relating to child labour, labour standards and poverty alleviation. His current interests include food security, child education and child labour.

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Title Child Labour in Carpet Industry
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188315044
length 167p., Tables; Charts; Maps; Abbreviations; References; Glossary; Index; 23cm.