BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government has rescued around 2895 bonded labourers from various places in the state so far, informed Panchayati Raj Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo.
Replying to a written question of MLA Mangala Kisan, the minister told the assembly that around 708 bonded labourers had been rehabilitated out of 2895 rescued.
The data given by Sahoo reveals that the most number of bonded labourers have been identified and released in Puri district where the figure stands at 919. The total number of persons rehabilitated in that district is 23.
Puri is followed by Bolangir with 646, Bargarh with 378, Nuapada with 274, Nayagarh with 189 and Kalahandi with 69.
So far, the government has rehabilitated 708 of them of which 226 are from Balangir, 188 from Bargarh, 97 from Nayagarh and 92 from Nuapada.