Liberation and Rehabilitation of Bonded Labourers

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)

Andhra Pradesh 37988 31534 850.00
Arunachal Pradesh 3,526 2992 568.48
Bihar 14,615 13797 476.48
Chhattisgarh 710 710 71.00
Gujarat 64 64 1.01
Haryana 591 89 4.93
Jharkhand 196 196 19.60
Karnataka 63,437 57185 1578.18
Kerala 823 710 15.56
Madhya Pradesh 13,317 12,392 169.90
Maharashtra 1,404 1,325 10.10
Orissa 50,029 46901 903.34
Punjab 69 69 6.90
Rajasthan 7488 6331 72.42
Tamil Nadu 65,573 65,573 1661.94
Uttar Pradesh 29,046 29,046 655.52
Uttaranchal 5 5 0.50
West Bengal 344 344 27.26
TOTAL 2,89,225* 2,69,263 7093.13

*   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)

2008-2009 Bihar 409 36.00
Uttar Pradesh 80 7.98
West Bengal 54 5.40
2009-10 Bihar 264 22.10
Uttar Pradesh 100 12.23
2010-2011

(Upto 30.09.2010)

Chhattisgarh 586 58.60
Uttar Pradesh 100 10.00
West Bengal 77 6.85

 

The Minister of Labour and Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge gave this information in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

YSK/P

(Release ID :67125)

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