Pokhara—Global Fairness Initiative (GFI) has called for support from all the concern sides to mitigate the child labor especially in brick factories running in Nepal. Organizing a press meet today, GFI Nepal Director Homraj Acharya told the reporters that his organization has been taking initiatives to make all the brick factories a child labor free zone for few years now.
According to him, some 1.6 million child labors are there in Nepal and of them 6,21,000 are involved in worst form of child laboring . Acharya further added that 32,000 child labors have been working in 1294 brick factories. 23 brick factories are claimed to be a child labor free ones.
GFI has been working into the issues of secured working place and healthy working environment for labors, bonded and forced labors, anti social behavior and labor friendly environment. Education of the child workers, auditing and verification of such task from third party and transformation of workers from factory to school are also the courses of GFI under Better Brick Nepal (BBN). “We would like to see Nepal a child worker free nation,” Acharya said, then, we promote this matter all over the world to promote tourism of this country.
Director Acharya also claimed that his organization has rescued more 50 percent of child workers from 40 different brick factories of Nepal and enrolled them to the school. The press meet was organized by Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was chaired by its vice chairman Gokarna Karki. FNJ Kaski Chairman Dipendra Shrestha also put his saying during the program.
According to GFI Nepal Communication and Marketing Manager Prakriti Nepal, an agreement to stop child labor is to be signed among the concern organizations like PCCI, BBN, HAN and Federation of Nepal Cottage and Small Industries (FNCSI) in near future.