The Union Residence Ministry on Saturday termed as “distorted” and “deceptive” media experiences linking its letter to the Punjab authorities on the plight of 58 “bonded labourers” rescued within the state to the farmers’ agitation and stated no motive needs to be ascribed to a routine communication over regulation and order points.
The ministry stated a piece of media has erroneously reported that the ministry has written the letter to Punjab levelling “grave prices” towards the farmers of the state.
“These information experiences are deceptive and current a distorted and extremely editorialised opinion of a easy remark a few socioeconomic drawback rising from 4 delicate border districts of Punjab over a interval of two years, which has been dropped at the eye of this ministry by the involved Central Armed Police Power,” the house ministry stated in an announcement.
The house ministry stated, “Firstly, no motive will be ascribed to a letter issued by this ministry to a specific state or states as that is a part of routine communication over regulation and order points”.
The ministry stated the letter has additionally been forwarded to the Secretary, Union Ministry of Labour and Employment with a request to hold out a sensitisation train in all states to test the duping of weak victims by the hands of unscrupulous components.
“Secondly, a few of the information experiences in regards to the letter have juxtaposed in a very unrelated context to conclude that the MHA has framed ‘grave prices’ towards the farmers of Punjab and has additionally linked this with the continued farmers’ agitation,” the assertion stated.
Farmers, largely from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting on the borders of Delhi towards three central agri legal guidelines since late November, with the impasse persisting even after a number of rounds of talks.
The house ministry stated the letter clearly and solely states that “human trafficking syndicates” rent such labourers and they’re “exploited, paid poorly and meted out inhuman therapy” in addition to luring them with medication to extract extra labour, affecting their “bodily and psychological well being”.
“Retaining in view the multi-dimensional and overwhelming enormity of the issue, this ministry has solely requested the state authorities(s) to take appropriate measures to deal with this major problem,” the assertion stated.
In its communication dated March 17, the house ministry has conveyed to the Punjab authorities that 58 mentally challenged individuals belonging to Bihar and UP have been discovered to be working as “bonded labourers” within the border districts of the state and requested it to take acceptable motion to take care of the “critical” drawback.
Within the letter to the Chief Secretary of Punjab, the house ministry stated the Border Safety Power (BSF) has discovered that these 58 individuals, who have been dropped at Punjab with the promise of fine wage however exploited, got medication and compelled to work in inhuman situations as soon as they reached Punjab.
The house ministry stated the BSF has knowledgeable that these labourers have been apprehended from the border areas of Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Ferozepur and Abohar in Punjab in 2019 and 2020.
The opposition Shiromani Akali Dal, which had snapped ties with the BJP-led NDA over the problem of agri legal guidelines, had on Friday questioned the Centre’s missive, alleging it was an try and defame the farmers of the state.