CURTAIN RAISER: NHRC's day long regional workshop on Elimination of Bonded Labour System begins tomorrow on 5th April, 2018 at Chandigarh


New Delhi, 04th April, 2018
The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC is organizing a day long Regional Workshop on 'Elimination of Bonded Labour System' in collaboration with the Government of Punjab at Chandigarh Judicial Academy, Chandigarh on the 5th April, 2018. The other participating State from the region would be Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, UT of Chandigarh and Jammu & Kashmir. The Workshop, being chaired by Mr. Justice D. Murugesan, Member, NHRC, will start at 09:30 a.m. and conclude by 05:15 p.m.


The participants of the Workshop will be senior officers of the Government of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, UT of Chandigarh and Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab State Human Rights Commission, NGOs and representatives of brick kilns, stone crushing and other related industries, Academicians and Students/Research Scholars from Punjab University, Indian School of Business and Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Chandigarh.

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


The NHRC 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 organising workshops to sensitize official machinery to work for its abolition in different parts of the country. It has organised 45 workshops on elimination of bonded labour so far.


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