According to the reports received from the State Governments, the total number of bonded labourers identified and released as on 30.09.2010 is 2,89,225. As and when existence of bonded labour is detected, such persons are identified for rehabilitation.
The Bonded Labour System has been abolished by law throughout the country with effect from 25th October, 1975 under the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Ordinance which was replaced by the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976. The responsibility for implementing the Act lies with the State Governments. In order to assist the State Governments, in the task of rehabilitation of identified and released bonded labourers, a Centrally Sponsored Plan Scheme for Rehabilitation of Bonded Labour is in operation since May 1978. Under the scheme, rehabilitation assistance @ Rs. 20,000/- per bonded labour is provided which is equally shared by the Central and State Governments. Statement showing number of bonded labourers identified, released and rehabilitated under the Centrally Sponsored Plan Scheme up to 30.09.2010:
|Name of the State||Number of Bonded Labourers|
|Identified and Released||Rehabilitated||Central assistance provided
(Rs. in lakhs)
* 19962 Bonded Labourers are not available for rehabilitation either they have died or left the place without leaving their addresses.
Statement showing details of financial assistance provided by the Central Government to the State Government for rehabilitation of bonded labourers during the last two years and the current year:
|Year||Name of the State/UTs||No. Of bonded labour rehabilitated||Financial Assistance provided
(Rs. In Lakhs)
The Minister of Labour and Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge gave this information in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.
(Release ID :67125)
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