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Thursday, December 6, 2012

PRAJA VIKAS DARSHAN 2012, POINT 11: ORGANIZED, UNORGANIZED SECTORS UNDER WELFARE COVER


Over 50% of the state’s people are involved in labor, in the agricultural, organized or unorganized sectors. For people engaged in petty businesses and are self-employed: hawkers, street vendors, kiosk owners, auto rickshaw drivers, there is no statutory protection offered by the current BJP government. Constantly harassed by various limbs of the government, this sector of people do not have the benefit of any welfare from the state. If Congress is voted to power, a Welfare Board will be set up. It will also earmark special zones in the state for roadside hawkers and pedlars in all cities. The UPA government's Vendor Policy 2009 has not been implemented so far in the state. Congress will also provide facilities of micro-finance, group insurance cover and identity cards to all workers in organized and unorganized sectors. Minimum wages for the unorganized sectors will be increased and the Labor Acts will be made more stringent. Fast Track Labor Courts to expedite disposal of labor cases will also be set up. A special protection system would also be devised to prevent harassment by police and other authorities. Special parking zones with amenities would be created for rickshaw drivers also. Special dwelling schemes and skill development training will also be given to the unorganized sector.

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