Eradicating Bonded Labour in Brick Kilns

AGENCY          :     Anti Slavery International (ASI), UK
START DATE   :     15-08-2012
END DATE       :     14-09-2015
Vinayaraj V. K. Project Manager
Ruchi Gupta Learning & Training Officer

With the aim of eradicating Bonded Labour within 300 brick kilns in Punjab and Chandigarh. Besides CEC, other Partners in the project are Volunteers for Social Justice (VSJ), Punjab (destination states); Jan Jagruti Kendra in Chhatisgarh (source state) and ASl, UK. The project commenced on August 15, 2012.
The intervention has four fold strategy 1) reduce workers’ poverty and vulnerability to bondage through facilitating their access to entitlements, benefits and government programmes; 2) improve working conditions through engagement with kiln owners and government officers, and seeking implementation of employment and other legislation; 3) obtain releases from bondage, using the court system, of workers who are experiencing extreme vulnerability and abuse; 4) empowerment of workers by facilitating their self-organisation as fully functioning and autonomous associations. 
The role of CEC in the project is of training, advocacy and reporting. Specific responsibilities of CEC include conducting the project team meetings, developing training & campaign materials, designing monitoring & evaluation framework, reporting to ASI and conducting national advocacy.
In 2013-14, the interventions were concentrated in the Ferozpur, Taran Taran and Amritsar districts (cluster I) of Punjab. The operational area got extended to Mansa, Bhatinda, Muktsar (cluster II) in 2014-15.