Unions protest laxity of Labour Dept officials

Seek transfer of local labour officer; threaten to sit on a permanent dharna from August 17

Unions protest laxity of Labour Dept officials

Punjab Roadways Punbus Contract Union members stage a protest in Amritsar on Thursday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Tribune News Service
Amritsar, August 13

Labour unions are up in arms against officials, which badly affected the office work, leading to a huge pendency of applications under different schemes. Representatives of the unions, in a statement issued today, threatened to organise a dharna against labour officials, while alleging corrupt practices by them. They also demanded immediate transfer of the local labour officer and an inspector.

Failed to clear pending applications

  • Labour unions allege that local labour authorities had locked the construction wing of the office, which led to the pendency of over 4,000 applications under different schemes, including the Shagun Scheme, scholarships for children of construction labourers, etc. They said the last meeting for clearing the backlog of various applications under different beneficial schemes was held in November 2018. A meeting was held in March this year, but only a few cases of a circle were cleared.

Amarjit Singh Asal, secretary, Punjab State All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Vijay Mishra, state president Central Trade Union (CTU), Kulwant Singh Bawa, general secretary, HMS, Surinder Sharma, district president India National Trade Union Congress(INTUC) and Daswinder Kaur, National president Domestic Workers Federation (DWF) held a meeting at Ekta Bhawan in Putlighar in this connection.

They alleged that the local labour authorities had locked the construction wing of the office which led to the pendency of over 4,000 applications under different schemes, including Shagun Scheme, scholarships for children of construction labourers etc. They said last meeting for clearing backlog of various applications under different beneficial schemes was held in November 2018. A meeting was held in March this year, but only a few cases of a circle were cleared. Asal said as per rules, the labor officials were supposed to hold meeting at every month.

Mishra alleged no applications were being taken from the applicants. He said labour inspectors were making unnecessary objections and rejected the applications. “Around 90 per cent of applications were rejected in the same way and they were forced to make rounds of the office,” alleged Mishra.

They alleged that neither the labour officer nor the inspectors were available on their seats. They said the atmosphere in the office had deteriorated. He said repeated complaints to the concerned authorities through different mediums but they went unheard.

The unions alleged they were forced to resort to agitation and have decided to organised permanent dharna at labor office from August 17 which would be intensified if their demands were not met.

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