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Thirty Nine migrant bonded labourers from Balasore District have been Rescued

Balasore:2/1/18;At least 39 migrant bonded labourers from Odisha’s Balasore district have been rescued from Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.

Acting on a tip off, Balasore district administration in a joint coordination with Ayodhya counterparts rescued them from a brick kiln and brought them to their native village.

The rescued labourers including minors had been trafficked to Uttar Pradesh as part of bondage labour system prevalent in some parts of the district, said officials.

The Socio-Economic Caste Census – 2011 had reported existence of 8,400 bonded labourers in the state. The government has meanwhile increased the rehabilitation amount of bonded labourers from Rs 20,000 to Rs one lakh.

Though the National Human Rights Commission has ordered for the complete elimination of the practice, it goes unabated with thousands of from poorer and weaker sections opting for inter-state migration to eke out a living. In the process they get trapped in the vicious cycle of bonded labour. Migrant labourers particularly from Bolangir and Nuapada are becoming easy victims of bonded labour and all this has been happening because of extreme poverty and high debt conditions. Alienation due to caste issues was also driving these Odisha families to get trapped in the brick kilns outside their State.





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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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