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News coverage by Reuters on Grain Banks

A news titled, "Grain banks in India open their doors as a stop gap to combat slavery" was covered in Reuters. Reuters is the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news provider reaching more than one billion people every day.

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People who risk being enslaved after taking out loans to buy food during the monsoon, when casual work is scarce, will be able to help themselves to grain in 100 villages across northern India from this month.

Tens of thousands across India are duped into working without wages to pay off debts, often incurred buying food, for celebrations or during illness, even though bonded labour was banned in 1976, campaigners say.

The risk rises during the monsoon, when it is harder to find farming or construction work.

“Hunger risk is a big reason for people getting trapped in bondage,” said Sunit Singh, founder of charity Pragati Gramodyog Evam Samaj Kalyan Sansthan, which works on bonded labour issues and is helping with the initiative.

“Lack of proper food also leads to illness in these vulnerable families and they again need to borrow money for treatment.” Read more