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Around Rs 1,20,000 crore is pocketed as profit by employers of child labour annually in India, an amount that is rarely reported as income to the government in order to evade taxes. This is the startling claim of a preliminary report of child rights NGO, Bachpan Bachao Andolan.
According to the NGO’s estimates, there are six crore child labourers in the country. As per government estimates, Rs 15 is spent on a child labourer per day while as per the national floor wage, an adult labourer must be paid Rs 115 per day. Assuming these child labourers work for approximately 200 days a year, the total amount comes to Rs 18,000 crores annually.