ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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BIHAR-Minimum Wages Remain on Paper

debt contracts for sheer survival which denied them their basic human rights of free movement and offering their labour to the highest bidder. One aspect of bonded labour which has remained largely untouched upon in most debates on the question is its inter-state character. Early in 1976, a group or' bonded labourers contacted in Rajasthan were found to be working on construction sites in New Delhi. The 'dadan' labourers of Orissa have been reported to be working in states as far apart as Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Assam, Tripura, Punjab, UP, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengali Most of the recipient states happen to be the ones that have out- BIHAR right denied the ' existence of any bonded labourers within their territory.

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