Main activities carried out in the 17 taluks spread out in 8 districts are.

  1. Identifying bonded labourers and making them secure their rights.
  2. Bringing them together with agricultural workers in village groups every week for reflection and problem solving.
  3. Organising them and the women in their families in SHGs (Self Help Groups) to secure their rights.
  4. Activating district and sub-division level Bonded Labour Vigilance Committees.
  5. Building institutional processes under Karnataka Action Plan on Bonded Labour 2008 in all the levels of administration.
  6. Trainings on leadership, social analysis, account keeping, Bonded Labour Act, child rights, Panchayat Raj Institutions, street theatre, herbal medicine and Palekar’s natural farming.
  7. One year residential bridge courses for bonded children.
  8. Contesting Gram panchayat elections
  9. Street theatre and playback theatre performances in villages.
  10. Securing the rights of the AIDS patients, the differently abled and the elderly.
  11. Programmes on Bonded Labour Day (Jan 26), Dignity Day (Apr 14), Child Labour Day (Jun 12), Jeevika Day (Sep 16), Bonded Labour System Awareness Day (Oct 25) and Minchu – Dalit Cultural State Level Festival (Dec 13).

The activities 1 to 5 are also carried out in another 140 taluks of 28 districts(Karntaka has 30 districts and 176 taluks)  from August 2010 on sample basis.


Some of the achievements so far are:

  1. Secretary of Jeevika was requested by the Government of Karnataka (GOK) to draft an Action Plan on Bonded Labour. The GOK approved it (2007) and published (2009) 10,000 copies of it in Kannada and 1,000 in English.
  2. Jeevika has identified nearly 25,000 bonded labourers since 1993. Among them, many have come out of bondage through the union efforts; rehabilitation for 2064 bonded labourers was secured from the Government; other benefits were procured for another 3,537.
  3. 1430 bonded and working children have gone through the four residential bridge course centres from 1997 till 2010. Of them, 780 have been mainstreamed in Government schools and hostels.
  4. Jeevika with 30 orgranisations from ten states promoted in 2007 National Alliance on Bonded Labour (NABoL).
  5. The annual Minchu State Dalit Cultural Festival (Dec 13) was held regularly since 2004.
  6. The three yearly Union gathering was held four times from 1999 to 2008.
  7. Thousands of trainings to union leaders, SHG leaders, GP members and cultural programmes and playback theatre performances were given.
  8. Hundreds of struggles were launched to secure rights of bonded labourers, women, children and dalits and on minimum and equal wages, land, drinking water, ration cards and work under NREGA.
  9. Millions of rupees worth of grants from Government were secured for building houses; for various self employment trainings and facilities like loans, lands, borewells, equipments, raw materials, plants, seeds, cattle and sheep; for community facilities like street lights, drinking water, toilets, drainage, roads, community centres, child centres, schools; and in terms of old age, widow and disability pensions, madical and educational facilities and common marriages.
  10. As of Sep 2010, in the 20 taluks the Union had 934 village units with a total membership of 14,943 among whom 2,869 were bonded labourers and 12,074 agricultural workers. It had 672 SHGs with a membership of 8,384 women.