NHRC asks state govt to take strict laws to stop bonded labour

Bhubaneswar, Jan 13: Expressing concern over the prevalence of bonded labour in the state, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) yesterday called upon the Odisha government to implement the laws in letter and spirit to eradicate the menace.

"There seems to be some gaps in implementing the laws, which prohibit bonded labour in the state. We receive maximum number of complaints of bonded labour from Odisha after Uttar Pradesh," NHRC member Justice D Murugeshan said at a national-level workshop on elimination of bonded labour organised by NHRC.

Justice Murugeshan said, most of the complaints received from the state are in 'Bartan' system in which upper caste people employ lower caste families for a pittance like 15 kilogram rice a year.

"Bartan system is a major violation of human rights of a person. The government officers implementing laws must identify bonded labourers and rescue them. Rehabilitation of the rescued with alternative livelihood is most important so that they will not migrate again," he added.

Addressing the gathering, Odisha Chief Secretary A P Padhi asked the officials engaged in implementing the laws to ensure that the freed bonded labourers get jobs in different schemes like MGNREGA, Health Schemes and others.

As per the Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011, Odisha has a total 6353 bonded labourers of whom 5413 have been legally freed, according to an official release.

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