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2016 deadline for trafficking

State labour commissioner Sunil Kumar Burnwal on Thursday said the government has taken a decision to end human trafficking by 2016.

Addressing local traders at a workshop organised by the East Singhbhum labour department at the Chambers Bhawan in Jamshedpur’s Bistupur, Burnwal said efforts are being made so that no individual labourer from the state is taken to big cities and exploited.

“The state cabinet has already taken a decision in this regard and the labour department has been asked to monitor and suggest effective ways to end trafficking of poor tribals, especially girl children to metro cities,” said Burnwal.

The senior bureaucrat said the decision has been taken in view of the recent incidents in which a sizeable number of girl children were rescued from cities like Delhi, who suffered horrifying experiences as they fell prey to trafficking.

Referring to the recently amended provisions of the Shop and Establishment Act, Burnwal said it was not meant to harass the traders but to ensure that the labourers in the unorganised sector were not victimised.

“As part of this act, traders will have to file quarterly reports giving details about the number of workers engaged in their firm or establishment, salary paid, bonus and number of man days and other emoluments paid to them. The report would have to be submitted to the district labour commissioner every three months,” he said.

Apart from this, the establishments would also have to issue service cards, which is mandatory, and also furnish this in their quarterly report.

“If the district labour department does not get the report within the stipulated time, we would presume that the workers are not being treated fairly and this would force us to conduct raids on such establishments,” he said.

Burnwal also clarified doubts of traders on central labour licence, which is mandatory under Central Labour Act. This act envisages that after the expiry of the period of a work order, the concerned party will have to again renew the labour licence. There was misconception amongst the traders that they would have to renew it on an annual basis from the labour department.

He said the labour department is planning to organise workshops on the premises of industries in order to make workers aware about their rights.