NHRC cell to monitor bonded & child labour cases
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Last Updated: Friday, August 12, 2011, 20:22
  
New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has set up a dedicated cell to monitor the progress in cases of bonded labour and child labour, taken up with different public authorities by the Commission.

The decision to create the cell was taken as a focused attention is needed to coordinate with the Centre, States and Union Territories for better and expeditious action to eliminate bonded labour as already directed by the Supreme Court, an NHRC spokesperson said.

The cell has ten point charter of activities on the issue, which includes constituting a Core Group on bonded labour to advise the NHRC in chalking out and suggesting strategies to the State and Central Governments for elimination of bonded labour in the country.

The Cell will also constitute an NHRC team which can carry out surprise visits to bonded labour prone areas with the assistance of the social action groups operating in such areas and develop an instruction manual for the States detailing a comprehensive check list for identification, release and rehabilitation of bonded labourers and issues of release certificate to freed bonded labourers.

It will also review the existing schemes of the Central and State Governments on bonded labour and suggest modifications to make them more practical and relevant to the current situation and recommend creation of a non-lapsable fund in each district for rehabilitation of freed bonded labourers.

The Cell will also recommend states to organise orientation training programmes in each bonded labour prone district for sensitisation of all members of Vigilance Committees and also for the field functionaries of labour law enforcement, in each calendar year.

It will also recommend to the states to constitute a State Level Monitoring and Coordination Committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary with Secretaries to Government of various departments as members. The Committee will convene meetings to take stock of bonded labour situation in their state and apprise the Commission in every six months.

PTI


First Published: Friday, August 12, 2011, 20:22


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