Chandigarh, April 2
The Shiromani Akali Dal on Friday questioned the Centre’s missive to the Punjab authorities over the usage of bonded labour in its border villages, describing it as an try to defame state farmers.
The Centre has knowledgeable the Punjab authorities that 58 mentally challenged folks from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh had been discovered working as bonded labour within the border districts of the state and requested it to take applicable motion to cope with the “severe” downside.
In a letter to the Punjab chief secretary, the Union Residence Ministry stated that the majority of them labored with farmers in border villages and the Border Safety Power (BSF) has discovered that they had been dropped at the state with a promise of fine wage however exploited, given medication and compelled to work in inhuman situations.
Reacting to it, Shiromani Akali Dal chief and former MP Prem Singh Chandumajra stated the letter from the Union Residence Ministry was “self-contradictory”.
He stated the letter claimed that 58 folks had been apprehended by the BSF and that they gave the impression to be mentally challenged.
Concurrently, it’s being claimed that “human trafficking syndicates” had been luring such folks to areas in Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Ferozepur and Abohar with the promise of fine salaries, the SAD chief stated in a press release.
“Can each this stuff occur concurrently,” he stated, asking the Residence Ministry to not make “illogical connections”.
The previous MP stated the report needs to be instantly withdrawn and the actual motive why some mentally challenged folks discovered their strategy to the border areas needs to be examined.
It’s a “ridiculous assumption purely aimed toward defaming farmers of the state”, Chandumajra stated within the assertion, including that such letters from the Residence Ministry will ship a “mistaken sign” throughout the nation and create an “environment of confrontation”.
He stated the very fact of the matter is that not even one FIR towards bonded labour has been talked about within the letter.
“In reality, the alternative is true. Farmers of Punjab pay labourers prematurely for his or her providers and that it why lakhs of migrant staff come to Punjab yearly for planting of paddy crop,” stated the SAD chief. PTI