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Nepal (128) > Elimination of forced labour (2)

Name: Bonded Labour (Prohibition) Act, 2002 (Act No. 21).
Country: Nepal
Subject(s): Elimination of forced labour
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 2002-04-20
Entry into force:
ISN: NPL-2002-L-71670
Bibliography: Nepal Rajapatra (Extraordinary), 2002-02-21, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, (Falgun 9, 2058), Vol. 51, No. 7
Laws on-line in English Laws on-line in English Nepal Law Commission,, Nepal PDF of Law in English PDF of Law in English (consulted on 2011-08-11)
Abstract/Citation: Prohibits labour or services provided by a person to his creditor without any wages or at low rates of wages to repay loans (Kamaiya labour). All persons working as Kamaiya labourers at the time of the commencement of the Act are ipso facto freed from that labour (art. 3). Loans do not have to be repaid (art. 5). The Act establishes Freed Kamaiya Rehabilitation and Monitoring Committee in districts prescribed by HMG and sets out their functions. In addition, Welfare Officers are to be designated to assist freed Kamiaya labourers (arts. 10-11). The HMG shall have the power to fix minimum wages for agricultural labourers (art. 13). Chapter 6 sets out the complaints, penalties and appeals.

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