No or Non-activation of District Vigilance Committees (DVC)
No or Non-activation of District Vigilance Committees (DVC): Another significant challenge that GBF is
working to address is the lack of activation of District Vigilance Committees (DVCs). These committees
are crucial in identifying and preventing cases of bonded labor, child labor, and human trafficking at the
grassroots level. The committees are formed at the district level and are tasked with monitoring and
reporting any cases of bonded labor in their areas. However, the non-activation of these committees is a
major hindrance in preventing such cases from occurring.
DVCs have been mandated under the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 1992 and are required to be
established in each district of Pakistan. The committees comprise representatives from the labor
department, police department, local government, civil society organizations, and other relevant
stakeholders. The committees are responsible for conducting surprise inspections, identifying bonded
laborers, and rehabilitating them by providing necessary support.
Despite the legal requirement for the establishment of DVCs, many districts in Pakistan do not have
functional committees. The lack of political will and resources is a significant factor in the non-activation
of DVCs. GBF is working to create awareness among local governments, civil society organizations, and
relevant stakeholders regarding the importance of activating these committees.
GBF is advocating for the activation of DVCs by holding meetings with government officials and
representatives of civil society organizations. The foundation is also providing technical support to local
governments in establishing and activating these committees. GBF has conducted various training
sessions for committee members on identifying and rehabilitating bonded laborers. Furthermore, GBF is
also working to create awareness among the public regarding the role of DVCs in preventing bonded
labor and human trafficking.
In conclusion, the non-activation of DVCs is a significant challenge in preventing cases of bonded labor
and human trafficking in Pakistan. GBF is working to address this issue by advocating for the activation
of DVCs and providing technical support to local governments in establishing and activating these
committees. Through its efforts, GBF aims to create a system that can effectively identify and prevent
cases of bonded labor and human trafficking at the grassroots level