“Protection of the Rights of Workers in Unorganized Sector is the Need of the Hour”- Dr. P.J. Sudhakar, Addl. DG, PIB Bhopal
Empowerment of Workers through Workers Education
Our Correspondent : 17 Sep 2014, Bhopal
Protection of the Rights of Workers in Unorganized Sector is the Need of the Hour. While addressing the National Workers Educational Day Celebrations at Regional Railway Welding Institute in Bhopal today, Dr. P.J. Sudhakar, Additional Director General, Press Information Bureau said that workers education will enable the empowerment of workers and workers participation in management. After inaugurating the seminar on “The Role of Workers Education in the Backdrop of Changing Economic Scenario”, Dr. Sudhakar said that workers safety and health is the top priority of the Government which was enshrined in the Indian Constitution in the Directive Principles of State Policy under Article 36 to 51. Workers are pillars of Indian Industry and contributing their best for enhancing productivity and economic development of the nation. The Indian Parliament has made several social security legislations like Workmen’s Compensation Act, 1923, Employees State Insurance Act 1930, The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 and Payment of Gratuity Act 1972 etc for welfare of workers.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Aseem Banerjee, Regional Director of Central Board for Workers Education, Bhopal said that out of targeted 304 workers educational programmes, the board has conducted 130 programmes mostly in the rural unorganized sector. He also said that 43 crores of labour force in India is working in the unorganized sector. He explained the initiatives taken by CBWE for promoting workers education. Participating in the seminar Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh Leader Mr. Gyan Prakash Tiwari said that large number of workers is working in the unorganized sector like implementation of MGNREGA. The Labour in the rural sector are facing several problems which are to be addressed on priority basis.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Viswalal. N, Deputy CME Coach Rehabilitation Workshop of West Central Railway said that Indian Railways are working for the welfare of workers.
Speaking on the concept of media and workers education, News Analyst Mr. Virendra said that media plays a vital role in spreading awareness about the workers’ rights and their protection. Dr. G.B. Bhalerao Educational Officer of CBWE of Bhopal explained the objectives of the seminar and Workers Educational Day Celebrations. Several Sarpanchs of Villages, representative of NGOs and Management of Central Public Sector Undertakings have participated in the seminar.
Dr. P.J. Sudhakar, Additional Director General, Press Information Bureau addressing a seminar on Role of Workers Education in the Backdrop of Changing Economic Scenario. Mr. Aseem Banerjee, Regional Director of Central Board for Workers Education, Bhopal, Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh Leader Mr. Gyan Prakash Tiwari, Mr. Viswalal. N, Deputy CME Coach Rehabilitation Workshop of West Central Railway were also seen.