Bureaucracy dominates Labor Welfare Board, work has been stopped illegally for six months: Bhupendra Singh

The meeting of the Himachal Pradesh State Labor Welfare Board was held today on 3rd April at Hotel Holy Day Home, Shimla under the chairmanship of Labor and Health Minister and Chairman of the Board, Col. Dhani Ram Shandil. Apart from departmental officers, representatives of four labor unions also participated in the meeting. Sita Ram Saini of INTUC and Bhupendra Singh of Hema CITU, Jagdish Bhardwaj of AITUC, and Pradeep Kumar of BMS were included. Bhupendra Singh said that the leaders of all labor organizations have raised the issue of restoring the works that had been stopped for the last six months in the board and immediately withdraw the letter dated December 12, 2022, for the registration, renewal, and release of assistance. Raised the demand. There has also been a demand to release the stalled benefits of the last three years immediately, to release the aid amount of Corona Call to the remaining workers. Construction workers working in MNREGA and other departmental schemes for more than 90 days a year Also demanded to continue the legal right to become a member of the board and abolish the requirement of issuing cess for registration. Also demanded to merge 175 employees working on an outsourcing basis in the board for the last 15 years. And raised the demand to increase the salary of the old employees. Apart from this, the board also demanded to investigate the number of crores of rupees spent on publicity and advertisements in the last five years. In the future, the money of the board will be spent on the welfare of the workers But it was also decided to spend more and give information about the schemes through gram panchayats and registered labor unions. Bhupendra Singh has warned that if all these suggestions are not implemented soon, demonstrations will be held in Shimla related to MNREGA and the construction union. Will do. He said that he will coordinate with other labor organizations in this regard and if a consensus is reached, the movement will be launched in a joint form as well. Bhupendra Singh said that the bureaucracy is dominant in the board and they are twisting the provisions of the Building and Other Construction Workers Act, 1996 at will and misleading the government. Yesterday, when the labor organizations presented arguments on this, they In order to delay the decision, the problem of sending the matter to the law department was deliberately entangled, while these officers have stopped all the work since last September without the consent of the board and the government. If it remains, all the labor organizations will gherao the board office in Shimla in the month of May.

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