ILO defends report on ‘modern slavery’



Why it is in news?

  • The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has defended its recent report on “modern slavery” after the Union government questioned the authenticity of its estimates last week.




  • The ILO, which produced the report titled ‘Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labour and Forced Marriage 2017’ along with Australia-based Walk Free Foundation (WFF), said that it doesn’t focus on specific countries but provides a global picture.
  • The estimates in the report do not focus on any one country but instead provide global and regional pictures of the situation.
  • Although country-wise figures were not mentioned in the 2017 ILO-WFF report, the study showed that 40.3 million people were victims of ‘modern slavery’ in 2016
  •  The report, released on September 19, only mentioned that it interviewed 17,000 people for the survey in India.

IB missive

  • The Labour and Employment Ministry’s rebuttal came following a missive from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) asking the government to counter multiple international organisations on reports about slavery in India that can hurt India’s image and exports.
  • The Centre is exploring a rebuttal at an international level through consultations with the Ministry of External Affairs and other departments.
  • The Labour and Employment Ministry is also planning to conduct its own surveys on bonded labour in a bid to counter various estimates by private agencies.
Source: The Hindu

Posted by Jawwad Kazi on 10th Oct 2017