The National Human Rights Commission is organising a day long Regional Workshop for North-East on 'Elimination of Bonded Labour' in collaboration with the Government of Assam on Friday, the 19th May, 2017, at Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara, Guwahati. Apart from Assam the participants will also be from the States of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. The Workshop, being chaired by Justice Shri D. Murugesan, Member, NHRC, will start at 09:30 a.m. and conclude by 04:00 pm.
The participants will include senior officers of the Government of Assam Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, representative(s) State Human Rights Commission of Assam, NGOs and representatives of brick kilns, stone crushing and other related industries. Academic, research scholars and final year law Students/Research Scholars from University in Assam are also invited to attend the Workshop.
The objective of the Workshop is to familiarize and sensitize the District Magistrates, Sub Divisional Magistrates, State Labour Officers and Members of Vigilance Committees, brick kilns, stone crushing and other related industries etc. in the process of identification, release and rehabilitation of bonded labourers and with the provisions of Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976 and other related legislations.
The National Human Rights Commission was asked by the Supreme Court of India in 1997 to get involved in the monitoring of the implementation of the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976. The Court's directions came while hearing a Writ Petition (No. 3922/1985) - People's Union for Civil Liberties Vs State of Tamil Nadu & Others. Since then, the NHRC has been overseeing the implementation of the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 1976 in different parts of the country.
Therefore, the Commission, in its endeavor to raise concerns on the continuance of bonded labour has been organising workshops to sensitize official machinery to work for its abolition in different parts of the country. It has organised 38 workshops on elimination of bonded labour so far.