Bhubaneswar: A national level workshop on eradication of bonded labour will be held here on January 12.
For this, a preparatory meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary AP Padhi at the State Secretariat here on Monday wherein Secretary Panchayati Raj Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh presented the schedule for discussion.
It was decided that the one-day workshop would be organised at the State Institute of Rural Development. Padhi advised to involve the civil society organisations working in the area of bonded labor and the field level officers who are actually handling the situation at ground level. 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 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.
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.
The Collectors, Superintendents of Police, Sub-Collectors and Dist Labour Officers of Balangir, Bargarh, Gajapati, Kalahandi, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Puri, Subarnapur and Sundargarh have also been asked to participate in the workshop. Besides, the chairpersons of the Panchayat Samitis of Sundargarh, Balangir and Nuapada districts will also participate.