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. A statement showing state-wise number of bonded labourers identified and released is as follows:
|Name of the State||Number of Bonded Labourers|
|Identified and Released||Rehabilitated|
* 19962 Bonded Labourers are not available for rehabilitation either they have died or left the place without leaving their addresses.
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. The detail of financial assistance provided by the Central Government to the State Governments for rehabilitation of bonded labourers during the last three years is given below.
|Year||Name of the State/UTs||No. Of bonded labourers
|Financial Assistance provided
(Rs. In Lakhs)
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment Shri Harish Rawat gave this information in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.
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