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Despite the withdrawal of the MV Foundation, Bayer and Monsanto decided to continue field inspection activity involving field staff of Child Labour Elimination Project (CLEP) and some local small NGOs. The CLEP field staff (specially recruited for this project) with the help of local NGOs and local youth members made joint field inspections and recorded the data.

With regard to educational programme, Bayer and Monsanto, with the help of Naandi Foundation an NGO working on improving school education programmes), opened Creative Learning Centers (CLCs) which aimed to motivate `out of school children` to stay away from the cottonseed fields and prepare them for regular schooling in 29 villages by end of October 2005.

No steps were initiated by Bayer to address the issue of safe use of pesticides and improving crop productivity during the 2005-06 crop season.

Implementation of an incentives and disincentives scheme was one of the major elements in the action plan announced by Bayer and Monsanto in 2005-06. This scheme was intended to convey a serious message to the organisers/farmers about the clear commitment of the companies regarding the child labour issue. Using the field inspection data, this scheme was supposed to be implemented by the companies at the end of the crop season in December/January. Both Bayer and Monsanto implemented this scheme partially.

In December 2005 Bayer shared the field inspection data collected by CLEP field staff

with the members of the state announced that it would pay a

level steering committee.

Based on this data Bayer













farmers impose

given contracts for 2005-06) who penalties on 14 farmers (cancellation

avoided using child labour, and it would of present contracts with three farmers and

blacklisting the season

11 for future production) for using child labour. Monsanto announced an incentive of Rs 15

As agreed in

the beginning of

per kg seed

to farmers who

avoided using child labour, the `no child labour norm` may face adverse reaction properly on this clause.

but when it came to penalty clauses on farmers who violated it did not implement any of them, stating that the company from farmers if they do so because it could not educate them

Impact of action plan In a series of press releases and communications to campaign groups and investors, both Bayer and Monsanto claimed that the action plan initiated and implemented by them during 2005-06 crop season was a big success. The magnitude of child labour, the companies said, substantially declined compared to the previous years. Bayer, in its communication to a leading NGO who is actively involved in campaigns against Bayer on the child labour issue, claims that the number of children employed in the farms


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