New Delhi: As the country observes “May Day” today, the pitiable plight of over 40 crore unorganized sector workers once again comes into focus.
Though the unorganized workers account for 92% of the work force and contribute about 60% to the GDP, the much-awaited comprehensive umbrella legislation for providing social security to them is yet to be enacted.
Taking a strong view, Parliament’s Standing Committee on Labour has noted that though the Government has enacted several laws and schemes for the welfare of workers in the organized sector, “much is needed to be done” for the workers in the unorganized sector.
In its latest report, the panel headed by S Sudhakar Reddy, said studies by various Committees and Groups have projected the plight of workers in the unorganized sector and called for substantial measures for improvement of their lot and providing them some sort of protection. “But not much progress has been made in the matter,” the 83-page report said.
The Committee recommended that urgent steps should be taken by the Government to bring in a comprehensive legislation for unorganized workers “without an loss of time”.
Referring to the unorganized sector workers, Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes, in his May Day message, said that besides enacting a legislation for providing social security to them, “the Government wants to effectively implement some of the important legislations enacted for their welfare”.