2nd June, 2021
The National Human Rights Commission has issued an advisory to the Centre, States, and Union Territory (UT) administrations on the issue of mental health, bonded labor and migrant workers in view of Corona, asking them to take specific action within four weeks.
The Commission, through its General Secretary Bimbadhar Pradhan, has written to the Secretaries of the Union Ministries of Health and Family Welfare, Labor and Unemployment, Women and Child Welfare, Chief Secretaries of the States and Administrators of the Union Territories to take action in four weeks on the recommendations made in the advisory. has told. The advisory includes the right to mental health, identifying the release and rehabilitation of bonded laborers and protecting the rights of informal workers during the pandemic.
1. Reimbursement of cash assistance under various components of Central Sector Scheme for Rehabilitation of Bonded Labour, 2016 and to coordinate with Principal Secretary, Labor Department, Ministry of Labor and Employment for the position on proposals in the rank of Under Secretary Appoint a State Nodal Officer below.
2. The Ministry of Labor and Employment should consider immediate disbursement of funds if the procedures are duly followed by the State Governments.
3. The district administration should ensure immediate cash and travel assistance to the released bonded laborers after rescue.
4. The State Labor Department will prepare a helpline number linked to the labor officers of the district so that the workers who are in distress at the workplace can get immediate help.
5. The State Government should arrange virtual training for State/District officers working on the issues of bonded labor at least twice in a calendar year;
6. The State Government should prepare a database of freed bonded laborers and resettlement.
7. The Chief Secretary may issue directions to the concerned department to prepare a State Action Plan for prevention and rehabilitation of victims of bonded labor and labor trafficking during the COVID-19 pandemic.
8. The Union Ministry of Labor and State Labor Departments should update their websites regularly and ensure that the data is properly managed with updated information.
9. The Chief Secretary of the State is issued a letter to all the District Magistrates/Deputy Commissioners to obtain the updated list of Vigilance Committees working at the District/Sub-Divisional level.
10. Efforts should be made by the district administration to work closely with the education department to encourage enrollment of children in schools and reduce the number of children outside the education system and in child labor.