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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Labour ministry moots mandatory approval for engaging children in audio-visual shows

NEW DELHI: Are you grooming your child for a career in show business? Perhaps she has a chance of getting picked for a spot on a talent show, or he could land a role in a TV ad. But you may soon need the government's permission before seeking to achieve such ambitions. The ministry of labour and employment is planning a legal clause to make such clearance mandatory for children engaged in any form of audio or visual entertainment, which covers advertisements, films, television serials and sports among others. Officials argue that the government needs to step in to prevent the exploitation of children. 

"We have requested the legislative department to draft an appropriately worded clause to permit children to be engaged for performance in any form of audio or visual entertainment after obtaining written permission, the conditions for which can be prescribed in the rules or regulations of the Child Labour Act," a senior ministry official told ET. 

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