Social security must be extended to all: BMS

Author: BMS      Date: 03 Mar 2014 09:06:44


B N Rai, All India General Secretary of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) addressing a press conference on Wednesday.

“Forty two crore labourers are working under unorganised sector out of 47.50 crore who are either debarred from PF, gratuity, pension and other social securities or are getting a few amount and that’s why most of the labourers are constrained to live below poverty line,” said B N Rai, All India General Secretary of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS). He was addressing a press meet at Jaipur in Rajasthan on Wednesday. He said, “All the governments are talking about poverty but they never take constructive steps to favour the poor people. Labour of the country are frustrated because of the anti-labour policies of the Central Government. Keeping in view the vote bank, Central Government has formed 7th Pay Commission for its own employees but refused the real demand of banks, life insurance and other sector employees.” He condemned that there was no provision made in the Budget for labour and poor people of the country. There was no provision to stop the price rice, no steps have been taken for the day to day items of kitchen, petrol, diesel, construction material etc. Salaried people were expecting some relief in Income Tax due to high inflation but Finance Minister was silent. In Rajasthan, recently new Government has been formed and BMS expects that the Government would fulfill the aspirations of the common man in the State. “We demand the Government to confirm the services of employees working in Aanganwadi, Aashakarni, Mid-day meal for workers and contract workers,” Rai demanded. The 17th national conference of BMS is being organised on February 21 and February 22, 2014 at Suraj Maidan, Adarsh Nagar, Jaipur. Rai who had arrived in the Jaipur said that 5,000 labourers from every nook and corner of the country who represented 40 industries would participate in the conference. The main focus of the conference would be ‘Social safety to all workers.’ Ms Tine Staermose, Director of ILO, India will be the chief guest in the inaugural session and Suresh Joshi (Bhaiya Joshi), Sarkaryawah of RSS will inaugurate the conference at 10.30 am on February 21, 2014. Leaders from 10 central trade unions are also participating. Dr Anjali Deshpande, General Secretary of DRISHTI, a research organisation on women’s issues will be the chief guest for the Women’s Convention to be held on February 23, 2014 as a part of the conference. Two special talks, industry-wise meetings, sector-wise meetings, special session for advocates working among labour are the part of the conference. Resolutions on social security, economic situation, 7th Pay Commission and unorganised sector issues will be move. A book on reviewing the economic scenario of 10 years of UPA Government and some other books will be released. On February 21, evening, a procession of delegates will be taken out wherein 5,000 delegates will participate.All the office-bearers of the BMS are working day and night to make the conference a grand success.

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