Thursday, April 30, 2020

MP expresses solidarity to workers and labours on the occasion of “May Day”

Port Blair, April 30: On the occasion of "MAY DAY" Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Member of Parliament and President INTUC (A&N Islands) and all other leaders of INTUC and it's affiliated Trade Unions has expressed solidarity with the labour community and the working class people belonging to government, private, organised and unorganised sectors and assured to fight for their legitimate cause and wellbeing.  Shri Sharma conveyed to workers and labours who eagerly wait for the May Day procession, that due to prevailing lockdown imposed for maintaining social distancing to fight against COVID-19 pandemic there shall be no May Day procession in the Islands. 
He said, though decision of lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in our Islands was inevitable but at the same time it left a vast section of our population high and dry who are  poor, weaker and marginalized, particularly not belonging to organised or formal sector. In our Islands there is a very vast unorganised or informal sector which has become the most vulnerable in the lockdown. There are lot many people in the Islands also belonging to unorganised sector such as fishermen, fish vendors, agriculture labours, street vendors, small tea/pan shops, persons working in various traders/merchant shops, house maid, auto rickshaw, bus, car, jeep, truck, van drivers, cleaners, harour and truck labours  and various categories of  vehicles involved in tourism and local transport, cargo transportation, public carrier etc., coconut vendors, bamboo labourers, automobile garage workers, carpenters, cook and waiters, cobblers, barbers, dhobi, tinsmiths, blacksmiths, tailors, plumbers, electrician, workers in mills, food vendors, domestic workers, vegetable vendor, security guards, small boat workers in tourism industry, priests MGNREGA workers etc who are daily wage earners, for them if they don’t earn they can't eat, hence staying at home for such a long period has become a question of survival for them and need to be provided free ration and financial assistance of Rs.5000/-to meet the essential needs of livelihood.
To combat the unemployment situation in the Islands Shri Sharma expressed that there should not be any retrenchment of daily wage, casual, contract and Part Time workers engaged in various departments and autonomous organization of A & N Administration and also of Central Government functioning in the Islands and demanded for their  regular appointment. He said that there is no uniformity in monthly wages being paid by various departments of A&N Administration to the temporary employees engaged on casual, short & annual term contract basis despite the Supreme Court order of "equal pay for equal work" and the DoPT direction in this regard. He further emphasised that the vacant posts held with various departments need to be filled expeditiously from the unemployed youths of these Islands by stopping online system. 
Shri Sharma said that beside government employment, Tourism, Fisheries and Farming are the major sectors which provides employment to Islanders. The Administration need to make business friendly policies in all these sectors and particularly in the tourism sector so that it become easy for the Tourism industry revive and survive post lockdown period. To attract more tourist to visit the Islands, the administration must proactively take up the matter of extending the additional Leave Travel Concession given by Government of India to the Central Government employees to visit A&N Islands in lieu of Home Town LTC by air to A&N Islands which is expiring on 25.09.2020 as September being the beginning of Tourist season in the Islands.
          Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma said that there are lot many issues concerning to the working class people of our Islands which are regularly brought to the notice of the Administration and in most of the occasion relief is rendered by the Administration.  Being a Member of Parliament representing the people of these Islands it is my privilege to raise the issue concerning to working class people and Labours of both organised and unorganised sectors at the highest level and no stone shall be left unturned in this regard said Shri Sharma, a communication said.

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