Punjab & Region

NHRC directs Ludhiana DC to issue release certificate of 10 bonded labourers

Ludhiana, 10 June

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner to declare 10 child labourers rescued from a factory in Ludhiana as bonded labourers.

The NHRC said, citing Supreme Court decisions, that when no statutory record was maintained and produced before the inquiry team by the alleged employer, there shall be a presumption that the labourers engaged are bonded labourers, as per Supreme Court decisions in cases, and release certificates shall be issued for rehabilitation.

Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Punjab is directed to take lawful action to declare the labourers as bonded labourers and to issue their release certificate for rehabilitation. He is also directed to ensure strict compliance with the ‘Rehabilitation of Bonded Labourer Scheme-2016’ and/or the ‘Central Sector Scheme for Rehabilitation of Bonded Labourer-2021. the Commission said in its order.