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Vigilance Committee formed to keep bonded labour under check in Gurgaon
In order to eradicate the unbearable trend of bonded labour, a vigilance committee has been set up by the district administration. This committee will carry out all activities under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner, Shekhar Vidyarthi. Moving in direction of overcoming the situation immediately, an order has been given for a survey of city's all industrial and commercial organizations.

Bonded labour means a person takes the debt from money lender. To pay off the debt, he has to work as a slave to the lender. He is subjected to be exploited physically and mentally both by the lender. He goes through this miserable state until he/she pays off the debt.

The above evil still exist in our country. To help these people from the grip of debt bondage, the administration has taken a wonderful step in public interest. As per timesofindia report, "All factories and commercial facilities will be surveyed by our officials to ensure that there are no cases of bonded labour on those premises. If they find any cases of bonded labour, the perpetrator will be punished under the Bonded labour System Abolition Act," said Vidyarthi.

The committee will review all its findings at the monthly meetings scheduled to be held at the deputy commissioner's offices in Gurgaon at the end of every month.

According to DC office, with strict scrutiny, members of the committee initially will make the list of the areas of the district, where the cases of bonded labour have been reported in the past. Inspite of this, brick kilns are supposed to be a place where these people suffer due to being trapped under obligations. In this direction, officials have been ordered to observe such state in these kilns in their respective areas and also maintain the record of the people working there.

A district official further added that "this action taken" report will be presented in front of the Deputy Commissioner, who will review these progress reports at the meetings of the committee in the end of the every month.

The committee is bound to take the full responsibility of the financial and social rehabilitation of the people who are found in the grip of "debt bondage". If someone is found guilty in such undesired activities, who will be slapped with a fine of Rs 2000 along with the jail term of three years.

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