National Level Workshop on Bounded Labour in Bhubaneswar on Jan 12

A National Level Workshop on elimination of Bonded Labour has been scheduled to be held 12th
January, 2016 at Bhubaneswar. A preparatory meeting to this effect was held under the Chairmanship of Chief
Secretary Sri Aditya Prasad Padhi in secretariat conference hall today wherein Secretary Panchayati Raj Sri Deo
Ranjan Kumar Singh presented the workshop schedule for discussion.

It was decided to hold this one day
workshop in the MGNREGS conference hall of State Institute of Rural Development. Chief Secretary advised to
involve the civil society organization working in the area of bonded labor and the field level officers who are
actually handling the situation at ground level. Sri Padhi also asked the department to make the workshop
focused and outcome oriented.

Further, the meeting decided to involve office bearers of the brick kiln, stone crushing and other related
sectors employees associations in the workshop for getting first hand feed-back from them. The subject experts
and research scholars would be invited to have academic and administrative interaction for elimination of the
menace. Open house discussions would be held on the issues raised by District Magistrates, Superintendents of
Police, Sub-Divisional Magistrates and Labour Officers regarding identification and rehabilitation of the bonded
labor. Sri A.K. Parasar Joint Registrar, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), present in the meeting,
said that similar workshops are being organized in other States. The ultimate objective of the exercise is to
gather realistic inputs for development of an effective rehabilitation policy at national level aimed at elimination
of bonded labor.

It has been proposed to organize the Workshop in 4 sessions including one inaugural session and 3
technical sessions. The NHRC dignitaries the slated to address the workshop include Justice D. Murugesan,
Member, Sri Satya Narayan Mohanty , Secretary General, Dr. Ranjit Singh, Joint Secretary, Sri Damodar
Sarangi , Special Rapporteur along with other senior officers.

The State dignitaries slated to address the workshop include Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of the departments of Rural Development, ST & SC Development, School & Mass Education, Labour & Employees State Insurance, Panchayati Raj, Social Security & Empowerment of persons with Disability, Women & Child Development and Labour commissioner.

The Collectors, Superintendents of Police, Sub-Collectors and Dist Labour Officers of Bolangir, Bargarh, Gajapati, Kalahandi, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Puri, Sonepur and Sundargarhhave also been asked to participate in the workshop. Besides, the Chairpersons of some of the Panchayat samities of Sundargarhm, Bolangir and Nuapada districts have also been slated to participate in the workshop.

Principal Secretary Home Sri Asit Kumar Tripathy, Principal Secretary ST & SC Development Sri Surendra Kumar, Principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare Smt Arati Ahuja, Secretary W & CD Sri Vishal Dev, Additional DG Crime Branch Sri B.K. Sharma, Director Panchayati Raj Sri Debendra Parasad Das along with senior officers from concerned departments participated in the meeting.

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