An Awareness Camp for Construction Workers was organized by Nirman Mazdoor Union under the aegis of Labour Department of J&K Government today at village Sunail of Tehsil Akhnoor. Smt. Indu Bala Saini, Assistant Labour Commissioner – Jammu was the Chief Guest of the awareness camp, the camp was also attended by other officials of labour department. A large number of workers hailing from almost all panchayats were participated in the camp.
In his welcome address Jagdish Sharma, General Secretary of the union expressed his gratitude to and welcome Smt. Indu Bala Saini ALC and other officials of Labour Department for their participation in the camp to aware the construction workers about the welfare schemes being granted by J&K Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board for them. Sharma said that all these workers are belonging to a drought area (Kandi area) of Akhnoor Tehsil and most of them are landless, homeless and dalits the marginalized section of our society and they are the daily wage earner and get 12 – 15 days average work in a month neither their children can get good education nor good health facility nor other necessities of life which are required for good living standard. He urged upon the labour department to register all these workers and to cover them under the welfare schemes launched by J&K BOCW welfare board. In the end he said “Poverty is not an accident like slavery and apartheid, it is man made and can be removed by the actions of human beings”.
While addressing the workers Indu Bala Saini, ALC- Jammu apprised the workers in detail about the various welfare schemes of the J&K BOCW board like education assistance from Nursury to Post Gratuate/Prfessional courses, group insurance/MUHAFIZ Scheme, housing loans, medical expenses for treatment of major ailments, payment of maternity benefits to the female workers, pension on the completion of 60 years of age which is under consideration. She said that J&K BOCW board has utilized at least 50 percent of cess amount for the welfare schemes of construction workers which is more than as compared to other states. It is our utmost efforts to cover more and more construction workers under the said schemes for which we are organizing various awareness camps at different places and appealed the workers to register themselves with the board, she added. She also disbursed cheques amounting to Rs.5,05,000/- as death compensation to dependents of deceased workers, education assistance to the registered workers and issued registration cards to various workers who applied for registration under the Act. She concluded her speech with thanks to the union’s representatives for their co-operation in organizing the camp.
Romesh Chand, President of the union thanks ALC and other officials of labour department and also requested to organize such camp in other backward area/ far flung area of Jammu Region. He also paid his gratitude for this humanitarian act of ALC in the service of poorest section of our society. He hopes for the speedy disposal of registration and claims applications of registered workers.
In his address, Raj Kumar General Secretary Bhawan Nirman Kamgar Union-Kathua said that it is noticed that there is no similarity of norms and rules applicable for registration and claims, different registering officers called for different formalities. He demanded that there should be uniformity in norms across the regions. Other spoke on this occasion were Jia Lal, Ashok Kumar and Jeet Raj.