FICO demands CM Punjab to compensate from Punjab Labour Welfare Funds and shelter for migratory labourers in Punjab
Says the state must come forward to take care of this labour force through the government offices and officers
Ludhiana: FICO (Federation of Industrial & Commercial Organization) has demanded from Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh to compensate the Industry from the Punjab Labour Welfare Funds and Shelter for Migratory Labourers in Punjab.
In a statement here today, Gurmeet Singh Kular President FICO along with Rajeev Jain General Secretary FICO demanded Punjab Government to compensate the industry and labour in this period of crisis.
As we all aware of that at the time of present crises the industry is in state of shock. The industry is ready to repay all the dues of the workers till they worked in the industries. In Punjab 90% industries comes under unorganized sector and it is hard for the unorganized sector to take care of the stay & feed of workers. Due to the long-time recession in manufacturing sector the industry is not in a position to repay the workers for the non-working period. Rather, this period should be considered as the Half-Pay Leave period. It is also requested that the Government should compensate the workers from the Punjab Labour Welfare Fund, in this period of crisis.
It is suggested that as all the schools, colleges, skill development centers, government offices are vacant due to COVID19. The homeless labour can be shifted to such premises. These school collages and offices are equipped with washroom and other stay facilities. The government officers, teachers and doctors should be ordered to take care of their stay and daily needs.
The industrial organizations are arranging the food for such workers but we have the information that the central grant to feed such migrant labourers has already been reached to the district magistrates and can be used for this very purpose. It is further informed that most of the labour returning to the UP & Bihar is contractual or casual workers & very a smaller number of regular workers are migrating to their home lands. April is also a harvesting season in Punjab, so the farm sector may require this workforce immediately after the end of this COVID19 crises.
As such it is requested that the state must come forward to take care of this labour force through the government offices and officers.