The letter was sent on June 26, in which the Labour Ministry flagged violations of the Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986, as amended in 2016, as well as the rules framed under it for the audio-visual industry.
MIB is likely to issue advisories on the issue to film producers and broadcasters soon, Labour Ministry officials.
As a matter of fact, under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Rules, 2017, child artistes are supposed to work for a maximum of five hours a day and not more than three hours without rest, the ministry noted. The rules also require permission from the District Magistrate and an undertaking by the producer, as well as the deployment of one person each for ensuring the safety and security of a maximum of five children. Children should not be away from schooling for more than 27 days and 20% of their income should be deposited in a fixed deposit in their name, as per the rules.
In case where a child was involved in filming, the film should include a disclaimer saying that all measures were taken to ensure that no abuse, neglect or exploitation of the child took place during shooting.
The Labour Ministry said: “In this regard, it has been observed that the CALPR Act, 1986, and the rules framed thereunder are not being strictly adhered to in the audio-visual industry.”