Un-organized Sector Workers and Transgender laud their demands for incorporation in the Parties Manifestos- 220319

Bhubaneswar- In a Media Briefing today organized by Swarozgari Mahila Sangh, Odisha here leaders of Un-organized Sector workers including Domestic Workers, Construction Workers, Migrant Workers and Transgender demanded for fulfillment of their long pending demands.

Parilata Mohapatra from Swarozgari Mahila Sangh, Odisha addressing the media shared on the various issues of Domestic Workers in the city and said, “About 94% workers in Odisha are in un-orgainsed Sector only 6 % are working in Organized Sector.The Central Govt. has created for “Labour Codes” repealing all 44 Labour Laws that earlier existed in the country. Besides, the Social Security Code brought by the Central Govt. will nullify the existing Act for the Un-organised sector workers and the Welfare Board for the Un-organised Workers constituted in Odisha. She demanded that all the “Domestic Workers” should be recognized as labour, there should be registration of domestic workers under the Welfare Board of Un-organised Sector Workers of 2008 Act. The State Govt. should form Welfare Board for Domestic worker which shall register the domestic workers, employers and regulate employment agencies,working hours, wages and working conditions, deliver social security and provide for a grievance redresses mechanism.” Besides she demanded for Rs.3000/- pension for the domestic workers at the age of 60.

Manjula Manjari Mishra, General  Secretary of Rajdhani Shramik Shangha, talking on the various of issues of construction workers said, “The Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare (BOCWW) Act was enacted by Central Govt. in 1996. However, its Rule was formed in Odisha in Odisha 2002 and BOCWW was formed in the State in 2004 and the registration of the workers was formally started in 2009 causing delay of almost 13 years of its enactment in the State”. The important demands she made for the construction workers are full Implementation of Supreme Court Judgment on Construction Workers, De-merger of BOCW Acts from the proposed “Labour Codes” which resulted stoppage of benefits to lakhs of construction workers across India, registration of all Construction Workers with the involvement of NGOs, Collection of Cess up to 3% including from private sectors, inclusion of model schemes framed by Directorate General Labour Welfare (DGLW) and provision of medical benefits through Employees’ State Insurance(ESI), Social Audit of BOCW Act, Special schemes for Women informal workers under the Construction Workers Welfare Board, Enhancement of minimum wages of unskilled, skilled and highly skilled informal workers, Separate Welfare Board for informal workers engages in seasonal Kendu leaf and Non Timber Forest Produce(NTFP) gatherers etc.”

Aisa Behera, Rani Kinner and Madhuri Maa, Members of All Odisha Kinner Mahasagha appraising the Media on the problems being faced by the Transgender in the State demanded forwider Publicity of TG Right & Security Act 2016 and Implementation of NALSA Judgment, recognition of TG as an independent and separate household and should be covered under all social security schemes including homestead land, food security schemes & entitlements in both urban & rural areas, formation of State TG Welfare Board in the State, reservation for TG in both Govt. and Private Jobs.” She further demanded, “Govt. should provide skill development trainings and loans for private Business, regularization of gender specific education services i.e., Separate ward/ beds for TG members in Govt.& private hospitals in rural & urban spaces, Free access to Sex reassignment surgery in Govt.& private hospitals, Priority on incorporation of TG issues in academic syllabuses and Inclusion of TG as one of the category of gender in election nomination forms etc.

Talking on the rights of Migrant Workers of the state the leaders demanded for the complete abolition of Dadan labour system in Odisha within 5 year and advocated for safe migration. They also demanded for constitution of a separate State Welfare Board for the millions Odia inter-state informal migrant workers of Odisha i.e, “Odisha Prabasi Shramika Kalyan Board”, Multipurpose Skill Centre a to enhance skill needs of informal and migrant workers in high migration prone districts of Odisha and asked the Govt. to draw a long term plan to mitigate climate change related distress migration of people in drought prone, hilly and coastal regions of Odisha

In the media briefing the leaders of the Construction workers, domestic workers and Transgender including Ranjulata Mahapatra, President, Bhubaneswar Basti Unnayan Parishad were present and appealed all the political parties participating in the upcoming General and Assembly elections for inclusion of their demands in their manifestos. On the occasion around 35 community leaders of Construction, Domestic and Migrant Workers and Transgender from different slum areas of Bhubaneswar were present in the Media Briefing.

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