Debt bondage Social protection
These rules regulate the allotment of land to freed bonded labourers by the government of Nepal.
These rules seek to enable the effective exercise of the fundamental human rights guaranteed by the Nepali Constitution as well as other connected legislation (Bonded Labour Act) to freed bonded labourers. The rules seek to provide bonded labourers with socio-economic resources to prevent the continuity of the bonded labour system.
Rule 6. To Allot Land:
(1) The Government of Nepal shall allot a maximum of five Kaththa land from the lands recommended by the Committee pursuant to Rule 5 for settlement and cultivation for the family of the freed bonded labours of class ‘A’ and ‘B’.
(2) While allotting land pursuant to Sub rule (1), as far as possible, the land being used by the freed bonded labours shall be allotted.
(3) Provided that it is not possible to allot land to the freed bonded labours pursuant to Sub clause (1), the Government of Nepal may purchase land, and make an allotment.
(4) Notwithstanding anything written in the Sub rule (1) and (3), the freed bonded labours who have secured loans pursuant to these Rules for procurement of land, shall not be allotted land.
Nepal / 12th December 2011 / Nepal / Bonded labour (Prohibition) Rules, 2010
This mechanism was enacted by the Government of Nepal, making use of the powers conferred upon it by Section 23 of the Bonded Labour Act. These rules provide details for the effective implementation of the Bonded Labour Act, including provisions regarding the classification of bonded labourers, issuance of identity cards, access to land and other socioeconomic measures to be taken to ensure the self-sustainability of bonded labourers, and further elaborate on the role of Committee and Welfare Officers.