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overviewGujarat is the first and Only State in India to establish a separate Rural Labour Commissionerate to protect the rights as provided under various Labour Laws to the unorganized and unprotected rural workers of the State. The main function of the Commissionerate is to enforce the provisions of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 in the employments of Agriculture and 13 other scheduled employments found within Gram Panchayat areas. Moreover, since 2004, the officers under the Commissionerate are also declared as inspectors to enforce some of the provisions of the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, the Inter State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Condition of Services) Act, 1979 and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1979 in the employment of Agriculture and 13 scheduled employments within Gram Panchayat areas.

The Commissionerate is mainly responsible to ascertain as to whether the statutory minimum rates of wages are being paid by farmers to agricultural workers. In the cases of less wages, the inspectors try to pursue farmers to pay the wages @ more or equal to the minimum wages as declared by the State, through negotiations and try to resolve the labour disputes, if any, amicably and expeditiously.

The Commisionerate is also responsible to rehabilitate the bonded labourers of Gujarat State, if and when, they are declared as bonded labourer and issued a Release Certificate by the District Magistrate.The Vigilance Committees at every district, headed by District Magistrate and Sub-Divisional Vigilance Committees at Prant level, headed by Sub-Divisional Magistrate, in each Prant, are constituted as prescribed under section 13 of the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976 to monitor the implementation of the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976 and the issues related with the abolition of bonded labour system in the district. The Government Labour Officer (Agriculture) is working as the Member Secretary of these Vigilance Committees in every District and Prant.

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