Friday, March 18, 2016

NHRC ASKS ODISHA CHIEF SECY FOR ATR Friday, 18 March 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar (news published in The Pioneer)

NHRC ASKS ODISHA CHIEF SECY FOR ATR

Friday, 18 March 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Chief Secretary of Odisha to submit an action-taken report (ATR) within four weeks on steps taken by the district Collectors for rehabilitation of released bonded labourers in the different districts of the State.
Taking note of a news story published in The Pioneer on December 11 last year, with headline ‘Bonded labourers rescued, not rehabilitated’, the NHRC issued the notice to the Chief Secretary on March 17.
Notably, there have been many complaints on denial of rehabilitation to the rescued labourers in different parts of Odisha with the phenomenon rampant in western Odisha where distress migration is a cause of concern for the authorities.
The hapless labourers after being expatriated to their home land from hazardous workplaces in outside States have to run from pillar to post for their rehabilitation as per law.
While in some cases, the labourers are left in the lurch, in several other cases, files are not processed due to bureaucratic apathy.
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