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Parents may have no choice but to send their child to work (DRMU, 2008: 51).
The following section discusses working conditions that were found during the DRMU inspections and worker questionnaires.
The DRMU study found that the children work in shifts, some starting as early as 5am.
The following conditions were found from the DRMU workers' questionnaire:
The DRMU found 93.5% of workers had travelled by jeeps at night.
The DRMU calls this an 'Inter-transfer of Poverty' (DRMU, 2008).
The company's own inspections found child labour on only 10% of the farms, a vast difference to the DRMU survey which found it on more than 90%.
The estimates suggest that in Gujarat with 25,000 acres of cotton cultivated land and 10 labourers needed per acre, 92,000 out of the 250,000 workers are children (DRMU, 2008).
Action Aid and the DRMU are trying to build links between the Government and the cotton seed companies and also lobby these companies to take more responsibility to address the problem.
Dakshini Rajasthan Mazdoor Union (DRMU) (2008) Child Labour in cottonseed production: A case study of cottonseed farmers in North Gujarat, India
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