National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Jagan-led state government regarding the media reports of at least 32 bonded labourers being held captive in a brick kiln unit. In a shocking revelation, at least 32 bonded labourers, including children and women who are reportedly from Odisha are being kept under bondage, without any basic amenities in Garladinne of Andhra’s Anantapur district. Taking the media reports into suo motu cognisance, NHRC sought a detailed report from the chief secretary of Andhra Pradesh within one week.
The incident came to limelight with the media reports which blamed the district authorities who allegedly failed to protect the labourers from victimisation. They have also demanded appropriate legal action against the officers and the brick kiln owner. In a press release, NHRC stated that the incident violates the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976 and asked the government to take necessary actions seeking a detailed report. On this note, the district officials reacted to the reports and assured that the labourers will be sent to their native places as soon as possible.