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

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GUJARAT-Contract Labour and Public Interest Litigation

GUJARAT Contract Labour and Public Interest Litigation Sujala Patel INVESTIGATIVE journalism has not achieved popularity in Gujarat but recently cases of bonded labour and near-slavery have found wide mention in the Gujarati press. These cases have got publicity (both in Gujarati and English language newspapers) not because of journalistic exposes but because they have been brought up in the Gujarat High Court as writ petitions. The first case pertains to the existence of near- slavery conditions among the contract labourers in the Kandla Port. The second is of bondage of contract work- ers in IFFCO, a government sponsored fertiliser company and the third relates to contract workers in the Sabarmati railway yard. Another petition has just been accepted by the High Court dealing with contract labourers in the Food Corporation of India.

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