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Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
07-December-2011 17:21 IST
Mapping Areas for Data on Bonded Labour System
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. Under the Act Vigilance Committees at District and Sub-Divisional level under the Chairmanship of District Magistrate/Sub-Divisional Magistrate are constituted by the State Government to identify incidence of bonded labour. In order to assist the State Government in the task of identification and rehabilitation of bonded labourers, a Centrally Sponsored Plan Scheme for Rehabilitation of Bonded Labour is in operation. The scheme, inter-alia, has a provision for providing financial assistance to the State Governments/UTs @ Rs. 2 Lakh per district for conducting survey of bonded labourers once in 3 years. As and when existence of bonded labour is detected, such persons are identified for rehabilitation.

The Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge gave this information in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.