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CHILD Protection & Child Rights » IV. National Mechanisms » National Actors » Ministry of Labour and Employment and Related Bodies

The Ministry of Labour and Employment is responsible for all matters concerning labour. The main areas where the ministry functions are:

  • Labour Policy and laws
  • Safety, health and welfare of labourers
  • Job and Social security of labourers
  • Policy relating to special target groups such child labour
  • Industrial relations and enforcement of labour laws in companies under central government jurisdiction
  • Mediation of industrial disputes through Central Government Industrial Tribunals cum Labour Courts and National Industrial Tribunals;
  • Workers' Education;
  • Labour and Employment Research

There are a number of related Ministry bodies that work in the area with child labour issues in the National Child Labour Project

  1. Child Labour Technical Advisory Committee (CLTAC). The CLTAC was set up in accordance with section 5 of the Child Labour (prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986. The committee consist of one chairperson and nine members. It was first formed in 1987 and reformed in 1996. The CLTAC advises the government as to what occupations should come under the hazardous list as per the act.
  2. National Authority for Elimination of Child Labour (NAECL) In 1994 the then Minister of Labour established the NAECL. The authority has twelve members of which one is the Central Labour Minister who is the chairperson of the authority. The functions of the authority are lay down policies and programmes for the elimination of child labour especially labour in hazardous industries, to monitor the progress of implementation of programmes, and to co-ordinate with other ministries to ensure the implementation of programmes.
  3. Central Advisory Board (CAB) on Child Labour The CAB on child labour was reconstituted in 2008 by a resolution in the Gazette of India. The CAB consists of one chairperson (the Labour Minister), two vice-chairpersons and 43 members from various ministries and voluntary organisations. The purpose of the CAB is to review the implementation of Central policies and laws, suggest legislative measure to safeguard the rights of working children, review the progress of these measures, and recommend industries and areas where child labour is prohibited.
  4. Central Monitoring Committee (CMC) In 1998 an order by the ministry established a CMC to monitor, evaluate and advice on the work of the Scheme for National Child Labour Projects (NCLP). The CMC consists of one chairperson the present secretary of the ministry and eight members. The purpose of the committee is to ensure the NCLPs are functioning properly.


Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Labour and Employment Minister
Phone: 23717515 / 23710240

Sh. Sandeep Silas, PS to LEM
Phone: 23717515 / 23710240 / 23473153

Shri. Harish Rawat, Minister of State, Labour and Employment
Phone: 23325635 / 23766326