Daily-wagers lobby for job regularisation in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh

December 17th, 2007 - 10:39 pm ICT by admin  

Shimla, Dec 17 (ANI): Daily-wagers in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh have pledged to vote for the candidate who would ensure job regularisation for them and an increase in their wages.
Labourers employed on daily-wages in various departments of the State government have decided to vote for the party, which will address their concerns.
These labourers are demanding an increase in their daily wages from Rs 75 to Rs 150 and regularisation on the basis of seniority.
“We will elect such a government which cares for the poor people like us. We want that government which will raise our wages from Rupees 75 to Rupees 150,” said Raju, a daily-wager in the state’s Public Works Department (PWD).
There are at least 30,000 daily wagers in various arms of the state government, including the PWD, IPH (Irrigation and Public health) and municipal councils, committees and boards.
Over 7,000 daily wagers are working in the PWD and 5,000 in the IPH department, while another 18,000 are working in other departments.
Leaders of the ruling Congress party in the state claim that the government has ensured benefits to over 30,000 daily-wagers by regularising them in a planned and phased manner and will continue to work for these workers after returning to power.
“This is an order of the Supreme Court and we are also willing to regularise them in a transparent manner,” said Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress Party’s election in-charge in Kangra valley.
Almost all parties in the poll fray, have promised benefits for daily-wagers in their manifesto. The Left Parties have said that they would ensure a hike in daily wages.
On the other hand, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) believes that on account of inflation, the state’s labour class would find it hard to sustain on the daily-wage amount fixed at present by the government.
The party has assured implementation of proper hike if it wins the State Assembly election.
“We will try our best to hike the wages of the daily wagers in a phased manner. Firstly, we will increase the wages from the current Rupees 75 to 100 and then it will be made Rupees 150 in order to help them come out of the trap of poverty,” said Ganesh Dutt, BJP spokesperson in Himachal Pradesh.
The term of the State Legislative Assembly is due to expire on March 9, 2008.
With over 4.5 million people eligible to cast their votes, the second phase of the election is likely to see an interesting contest.
The first phase of election was held on November 14. The second phase of elections for the 65 seats in 68-member State Assembly is scheduled for December 19. The results will be announced by the end of the month. (ANI)

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