Almost 400 million people - more than 85% of the working population in India - work in the unorganised sector. Of these, at least 120 million are women. The recent Arjun Sengupta Committee report is a stark reminder of the huge size and poor conditions in this sector.and that they contribute around 60% to the national economic output of the country
The term 'unorganised' is often used in the Indian context to refer to the vast numbers of women and men engaged in different forms of employment. These forms include home-based work (for example: rolling papads and beedis), self-employment (for example: selling vegetables), employment in household enterprises, small units, on land as agricultural workers, labour on construction sites, domestic work, and a myriad other forms of casual or temporary employment.
Workers engaged in the unorganised sector do not have the benefit of several laws such as the Minimum Wages Act or the Factories Act. They are also not covered by statutory welfare measures such as maternity benefits, provident fund, gratuity, etc.
Unorganised sector work is characterised by low wages that are often insufficient to meet minimum living standards including nutrition, long working hours, hazardous working conditions, lack of basic services such as first aid, drinking water and sanitation at the worksite, etc. Even a cursory glance will identify several such occupations, including agricultural labour, construction workers on building sites, brickkiln workers, workers in various service industries ranging from transport and courier services to the hospitality industry.Hazardous work conditions often cause accidents, loss of limbs and lives .
Hence they are the weakest of the weakest and odds are stuck heavily against them.
BJMM has taken a lead for the people of this sector and will provide them a single umbrella as a central federation . On the Mantra Organise, empower, equal rights (“Sangatith, Sasatkh , Saman”) http://bhartiyajantamazdoormahasangh.org/
1) To organise labours
2) To advocate their legal rights
3) To solicit better employment opportunities
4) Should have social security and should add them to main stream
5) To propel their welfare schemes
We hereby Petition THE CITIZENS OF INDIA TO RISE TO THE OCCASION AND SUPPORT THESE DEMANDS WHICH ARE GIVEN AS UNDER, FOR WE THE PEOPLE MUST HELP OUR WEAKER BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO MAKE OUR LIFE BETTER AND EASIER, BUT EVERY DAY IS A CHALLENGE FOR THEM. So Spread this petition across India and lets show that we are united in our support to the brethren of the unorganised sector.
A Physical show of support is being held at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 9th dec with the slogan - “ ROJI ROTI PE TAKRAR Phir Kaisa Manav Adikar” ( As 10th Dec is Worlds Human Right Day). If possible pl come with your friends on different banners to physically support them and spread this note across the net by Mail, FB, twitter, group mails etc and show that WE CARE.
Pl mail ur responses to us at email@example.com and let us know how you have helped this great cause in terms of spreading awareness by mail/fb/twitter or more.
Charter of demands:
1) Allocation of at least 3% of GDP( a spate budget provision to take care of their welfare schemes)
2) Central Identification process ( to register unorganised labour and registration process should be easy and same across county, issue identity cards and should have unique ID to organise unorganised labour and could be treated as transit pass if migrating to other state for employment)
3) “Roji Roti” should be the fundamental right of the people not the directive principal
4) Provision of dedicated health care facilities for Unorganised labour on the platform of ESI
5) Mandatory pension scheme of at least INR 1500 for the sector
6) Allocation of BPL Card benefits on justified income band
7) Housing or shelter schemes for the sector
8) Adahar card should have compliances of PF for the Sector
9) Special students scholarship for the higher studies of the children of sector
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