Highlighting the steps taken for bonded labour, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said the government has raised financial assistance under the Rehabilitation of Bonded Labour Scheme by five times.
Addressing the International Labour Organisation (ILO) session in Geneva, the minister said the assistance is higher for the most deprived and marginalised, women and minors.
“With a renewed commitment for eradication of bonded labour, we have escalated our Rehabilitation of Bonded Labour Scheme by increasing the quantum of financial assistance by five times from Rs 20,000 to a minimum Rs 1 lakh,” a statement from labour ministry quoted the minister as saying.
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This financial benefit will remain in an annuity account, ensuring a monthly earning that will flow to the beneficiary account. The government is also strengthening the National Child Labour Protection (NCLP) project through appropriate coordination with states and increased budgetary support.
The labour minister said the government is working on a comprehensive strategy to bring employment to the core of development.
The government is also working on extending healthcare facilities that are available to organised workers for a large segment of unorganised workforce including voluntary workers, domestic and construction workers, he said.