CURTAIN RAISER: NHRC Workshop on Elimination of Bonded Labour at Pune, Maharashtra tomorrow on 6th October, 2017 (05.10.2017)

New Delhi, 5th October, 2017
The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC is organizing a day long Workshop on 'Elimination of Bonded Labour System' in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra at Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA), Raj Bhawan Complex, Baner Road, Pune tomorrow on the 6th October, 2017. The Workshop, being chaired by Justice Shri D. Murugesan, Hon'ble Member, NHRC, will start at 09:30 a.m. and conclude by 04:00 p.m. After the interactive sessions, the Commission will also take up the five long pending cases of Bonded Labour, including three from Pune, and one each from Nagpur and Jalgaon, which have been awaiting compliance from the concerned State authorities.

The participants of the Workshop will include Senior Officers of the Government of Maharashtra, Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission, NGOs and representatives of brick kilns, stone crushing and other related industries, Academicians and final year law Students/Research Scholars from various Universities in Pune.

The objective of the Workshop is to familiarize and sensitize the District Magistrates, Sub-Divisional Magistrates, State Labour Officers and Members of Vigilance Committees, representatives of brick kilns, stone crushing and other related industries about the process of identification, release and rehabilitation of bonded labourers and with the provisions of Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976 and related laws.

The National Human Rights Commission was asked by the Supreme Court of India in 1997 to get involved in the monitoring of the implementation of the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976. The Court's directions came while hearing a Writ Petition (No. 3922/1985) - People's Union for Civil Liberties Vs State of Tamil Nadu & Others. Since then, the NHRC has been overseeing the implementation of the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 1976 in different parts of the country.

Therefore, the Commission, in its endeavor to raise concerns on the continuance of bonded labour has been organizing workshops to sensitize official machinery to work for its abolition in different parts of the country. It has organized 41 workshops on elimination of bonded labour so far.