January 29, 2017
Workers throng Shramik Mela 2017
Over 10,000 workers attended the Shramik Mela 2017 that made them aware of the facilities and schemes they are entitled to avail. An initiative by the state labour department, the Shramik Mela has been a yearly feature of the Mamata Banerjee government, creating awareness among workers.
The programme informs participants of the different labour schemes and benefits that they are entitled to avail. It also allows them to interact with industry owners and government authorities. About 30 stalls were set up in the mela this year. Issues related to labour laws and schemes, including minimum labour wages, were discussed at the mela.
The state labour department has been working to provide ‘Samajik Mukti’ card to about 1.5 crore workers of the unorganised sector in Bengal.