Friday, February 7, 2014

RESCUED’ BONDED LABOUR DIES IN POVERTY Saturday, 08 February 2014 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

RESCUED’ BONDED LABOUR DIES IN POVERTY
Saturday, 08 February 2014 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

The Government’s schemes to provide livelihood support to migrant labourers remain a non-starter in this district. It is evident from the fact that one of the four of a family, who were provided with bonded labour certificates to get such support, died recently after struggling for a year to get the support.
The other three members are still struggling to get the support for their survival. According to reports, Pitabasa Padhan and three others of his family belonging to Phatabahal village of Kusmel gram panchayat under Loisingha block were rescued along with 128 other migrant labourers by Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district administration from a brick kiln in the district in December 2013. Later, they were issued bonded labour certificates by the district administration here and thus became entitled for Government’s livelihood support as per Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976.
But the family members moved from pillar to post to get the support. In the meantime, Pitabasa developed peptic ulcer and needed more money for treatment. As others of his family members are daily wage earners, Pitabasa could not get proper treatment and ultimately died on December 29, 2013. His wife and two daughters having bonded labour certificates are still struggling for the livelihood support.
A team of officials of Migration Information Resource Center (MIRC) of Aide et Action visited the bereaved family recently and took the matter up with Sub-Collector and PD DRDA, Balangir on Thursday. The district administration would extend financial assistance of Rs 20,000 under the National Family Benefit Scheme if Pitabasa’s family comes under the BPL category. Besides, his widow would also get pension, said PD DRDA Pabitra Mandal.
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