Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi lauds anti-black money drive
Nobel laureate and noted child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi has commended the “boldness of the step” taken by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to eradicate black money and corruption and said it is “a lesser known fact that human trafficking and child labour are amongst the largest sources of black money”.
“I commend the boldness of the step taken by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi to put an end to black money and corruption,” Satyarthi said in a statement in New Delhi. Satyarthi further said , according to a study conducted by Global March against Child Labour, Rs 21 lakh crore are generated “by enslaving young girls in brothels”.
“Another study conducted by Bachpan Bachao Andolan reveals huge sums of money which are blatantly stolen in the name of wages paid to labourers,” he said adding, with regard to the employment of children , “the actual amount paid is somewhere between one-fifth and one-tenth of the presented figure”.
“I have come across innumerable incidents where the agent or middle man earned at least five thousand rupees for the placement of young boys in bonded labour and in cases of girls sold for prostitution and child marriages, this amount was around two lac rupees. Every single rupee earned by the traffickers and slave masters is black money. This move (by the government) will break their backbone,” he said. Satyarthi maintained the announcement by the government “will go a long way” in fighting exploitation of children and corruption in an organised manner.
“It is a positive step towards creating a more prosperous India for the future generations. The dream of development and child slavery cannot co-exist. I congratulate the government for the courage it has shown,” Satyarthi added.