Jammu: Accusing the central government of “desperately” trying to undermine the rights of workers, the Jammu and Kashmir unit of the CPI(M) on Sunday said a proper mechanism was lacking for implementation of welfare schemes for them in the state.
“Even the unorganized Workers Social Security Act, 2008 is not being implemented and the constitution of Social Security Board is still awaited both at the centre and the state,” CPI-M leader and MLA Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said.
He said complexities have been created in the implementation of the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Act at various stages, especially in the registration process.
“The delay is creating room for corruption which is against the interests of the workforce,” he said.
No advisory council has been put in place to guide and supplement the functioning of Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, besides, the Board was devoid of representation from the unions of the working class, the MLA said.
He alleged the central government was trying to undermine the rights of the workers and disintegrating their strength through divisive politics.
“The working class shall have to unite and withstand this onslaught and safeguard the rights guaranteed to them.
“There is nothing substantial coming from this dispensation except tall claims, long promises and rhetoric to offer to this deprived and neglected section of our population,” Tarigami said.
The condition of the workforce especially in unorganized sector like these engaged in construction projects, roads and buildings was “pitiable” as they were being deprived of social security benefits, he added.