Legal awareness camp for tannery workers

District Legal Service Authority (DLSA) organised a legal awareness camp at IIA Hall in Unnao on Monday to inform labourers working in leather industry about the rights given to them under various provisions of the Factories Act, 1948, the Contract Labour Act, 1970 and the Inter-State Migrants Labour Act, 1979.

Additional district judge (ADJ), Unnao, Mohd Rizwan-ul-Haq, who presided over the camp, informed the leather industry workers about the recommendations made in Arjun Sengupta Commission's report (May, 2006) on labourers working in the unorganised sector. tnnHe explained to them about various measures being adopted for their social security and empowerment in the unorganised sector.

Sunil Kumar Singh, civil judge, Unnao and the nodal officer of National Lok Adalat revealed that 96 percent of our workforce worked in unorganised sector while just 4 percent enjoyed various social securities in the organised sector provided by the labour laws. "The unorganised sector labourers, who contribute 60 percent to our national economy, are left to the vagaries of their fate and untold miseries".

Discussing about welfare related measures being provided for the unorganised workers in the Social Security Act, 2008, he asked the employers to ensure that these security measures were provided under the new Act for the unorganised work force in the country.

Singh also emphasised the need of taking services of para legal volunteers for the unorganised sector workers and their families living in villages and difficult terrains, who are uneducated and illiterate. "The para legal volunteers can help them in many ways like removing all bottlenecks for job cards, ration cards, adhaar cards, voters' cards, and may also give them support and advocacy in personal land disputes and criminal litigations absolutely free of cost", he said.

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