Bhubaneswar, Feb 1: Street vendors in Odisha will now have to submit an undertaking on not employing child labourers to get license.
The State Urban Development Agency (SUDA) under Housing and Urban Development department mandated this on Wednesday.
SUDA project director Sarada Prasad Panda in a letter has asked the commissioners of all municipal corporations, executive officers of municipalities and NACs, to seek the undertaking from street vendors on not employing children below the age of 14, at the time of issuing certificate of vending or licence of vending to them.
The mandate has been issued following the suggestions of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour, Textiles and Skill Development on ‘National Policy on Child Labour: An Assessment’.
The committee, headed by MP Bhartruhari Mahtab, assessed the child labour scenario with representatives of 10 ministries, NCPCR and eight state governments including Odisha over the last two years and submitted its report in December last year.
The committee has suggested special attention to be paid to street vendors employing child labour.
It found a considerable number of children are either being employed by street vendors or are directly vending on the roads.