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Child labor survey planned for this year

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KARACHI: A four-month survey on child labor would be conducted this year by the Sindh government in collaboration with the United Nation International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

This was decided in a meeting between a delegation of the UNICEF and the Sindh chief secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah held on Wednesday.

Sindh government will allocate 96 million rupees for the survey, and an agreement would be signed between the Sindh labor department and UNICEF, the chief secretary said.

He further said the Sindh government had set up Sindh Child Protection Authority to end all forms of violence against children.

In the meeting, the two parties made sure that training and necessary equipment would be provided for the survey. Work is under process to strengthen the authority and to train officers, said the chief secretary.

Mumtaz Shah mentioned Sindh government enacted the Sindh Prohibition of Employment of Children Act in 2017 while legislation had also been enacted to eliminate the child labor.

UNICEF’s delegation commended the Sindh government for its commendable performance on eradication of child labor.

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