Local voices living behind the labour lines - India

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“Laws are there, but they are not being implemented”


AUDIO TRANSCRIPT:

They have lost their voice, because there is nobody to speak for them, so they are not getting the justice. The modern day slavery in India has changed its form, the whole thing boils down to the fact that the government is not enforcing the labour laws that government itself has formed. Because if these laws are implemented, implemented in letter and spirit, then their condition will be much better. But that is not the case. These labourers are not at all getting their dues, and simply because the laws, which could have favoured them, have not been implement in letter an spirit. And the NGOs who are leading the voice against, their voice [is] so feeble, so feeble that they are not being heard.  Laws are there, but they are not being implemented. These labourers, you know, they are not getting the minimum wages fixed for them, forced labour is there, the child labour is there. Everywhere you go in India, you will find kids working in enterprises, in agriculture sector, in every nooks and corner of the city you will find children being pushed into work. But the thing is that they are poor, there is no social security for them. Parents are poor, so they force their children into work. But these things are not, you know, getting resolved. If there is a concerted effort from those sections of the society who wants these systems to end they will have to put pressure on the business class. So if the voice is strong against this practice [modern day slavery], only then the government will be forced to act on it, otherwise this will keep on going.

 

 

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