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Social factors influencing child labor should be eliminated: Minister

The social factors influencing the occurrence of child labor should be eliminated, stated the Minister of Labor.

Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Labor says that the main social factor influencing the emergence of child labor in the world as well as in our country is the economic background of those families.

Addressing an online press conference held at the Government Information Department today (June 12) on the occasion of World Anti-Child Labor Day, the Minister said that this was an essential occasion.

The winners of the Child Labor Eradication Scout Medal Creating Competition organized by the Sri Lanka Scout Association for the three age groups were also made public.

Speaking further the Minister said that a special census will be conducted this year on the use of child labor in the country.

A program will be launched to identify the family background of child laborers so that they can be sent back to school in this regard.

The Minister also said that the main condition of the government is not to use the children of those families as child laborers in the relief programs.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva stated that there is a very low level of recruitment and that the country should further develop that situation and take action to eradicate child labor in this country.