||Seasonal migration for work by poor rural families is a phenomenon that is escalating as the agrarian
crisis mounts. Millions of families that migrate are compelled to take their children along, leaving
school and a normal childhood behind. They spend several months every year at work sites such as
brick kilns, salt pans, plantations and stone quarries, labouring under extremely difficult conditions.
Children are put to work from young ages. It is estimated that the number of such children below the
age of 14 years is 9 million.