Contract workers protest state ‘apathy’ towards labour laws

SRINAGAR: Dozens of members of Kashmir Contractual Workers Union (KCWU) on Monday staged a protest against the “apathy of state government towards labour laws”.
The protestors alleged that the state government was not serious about the implementation of the labour laws in letter and spirit.
Mohammad Afzal, a member of the union, said that due to non implementation of the labour laws in the state, a large number of workers and labourers do not receive any kind of financial support and other benefits from the Jammu and Kashmir Labour Department. “The process of registration has been made tedious and some workers have been waiting for registration for over two years,” Afzal said.
He also said that labourers did not receive benefits like scholarship to children, marriage assistance to daughters and sons, and financial support in cases of death and chronic diseases.
The protesters demanded that government should immediately appoint Chief Executive Officer of the Construction Welfare Board that is presently functioning without a leader. Afzal said that registration process should be simplified to accept hard copies of forms along with the online mechanism.