No effective implementing of anti bonded labour laws: Agnivesh

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 18:58

New Delhi: Activist Swami Agnivesh on Tuesday alleged that central and state governments were not properly implementing legislations on checking bonded labour and ensuring minimum wages.

He also claimed that states do not properly rehabilitate rescued labourers.

"Both the state and the Union governments were unable to oversee the effective implementation of various Acts like the Bonded Labourers Act, 1979, Minimum Wages Act, 1948, Inter State Migrant Workmen Act, 1979, among others," Agnivesh, who leads Bonded Labour Liberation Front, said.

"Our frequent requests to the state government and the central government to conduct investigation into the working conditions of bonded labourers in Jammu and Kashmir have fallen on deaf ears. I also requested the Chhattisgarh principal resident commissioner to probe this matter. But there was no progress," Agnivesh claimed.

Rajkumari Sahu, who was claimed to be rescued from Jammu and Kashmir, alleged that she has been working in a brick kiln for the last four years while her husband was employed there for last 11 years.

"They give us money to meet our expenses. But we are not paid minimum wages for the work that we do," she alleged.

"When my husband told the owners he wanted to go home, they allegedly told him to pay Rs 3 lakh. The owners threatened me not to speak against them to police or else they would beat up my child. They also beat up my husband," she alleged.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 18:57

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