Shimla: Justice B.C. Patel, member of National Human Right Commission has asked the district magistrates and other law enforcing agencies to play a pro-active role for the elimination of bonded labour and child labour system in order to completely wipe out the exploitation of poor labour class and children. He was addressing the district magistrates, additional district magistrates, sub divisional magistrates, superintendents of police, chairpersons of vigilance committees and senior officers of the Himachal Pradesh government at the first ever workshop on the elimination of bonded labour and child labour system here today.
He said that every human being in our country had the right and liberty under constitution to live with dignity and freedom. As such, menace of bonded labour and child labour system needed to be done away with completely. He also said that under the labour laws, every employer or business establishment was required to pay minimum wages to the labour class and it was the foremost duty of the law enforcing agencies that there was no violation on this account. He also pointed out that besides issuing certificates and monetary relief to the emancipated bonded labour, the state governments should accord top priority for their rehabilitation. He asked the district magistrates to enforce the provisions of Right to Education strictly and ensure that the children were seen in class-rooms instead of languishing in child labour