Patna: National Scheduled Castes
Commission (NSCC) Chairman P L Punia on Sunday sought a ban on
outsourcing of contractual labour saying it is an
"exploitation" of labour force.
"The outsourcing of contractual labour is an outright
exploitation of the labour force and deprivation of job
security to them. The Centre and the state governments should
ban this practise," he said at a labour awareness camp.
The labourers hired by the contractors were not only
exploited, but also suffer from perpetual fear of losing their
jobs as there is no job security to them, Punia said.
The NSCC chairman said he will write to state
governments, Centre and the President seeking a ban on the
outsourcing of contractual labour.
He also highlighted several fallacies in the practise
saying that there was no reservation for dalits under the
prevailing arrangement of outsourcing of labour nor was there
a guarantee of minimum wages.
Punia, a prominent dalit leader from Uttar Pradesh and
a member of the Congress party, rued that the socio-economic
condition of dalits has not improved significantly.
As many as 75 per cent of SC/ST communities were
living below poverty level, he said quoting a survey report
released recently by the planning commission.
"Even the literate dalit people were not better off in
the absence of an institutional arrangement to fill vacant
posts meant for the SC/STs at the states and central level,"
he said and pointed out that not a single dalit official has
been promoted to the post of secretaries in the central
government in spite of 88 vacancies.
Punia urged the Centre and the state governments to
fill reserved posts meant for the SC/ST, besides provision for
reservation of jobs in the private sector and judiciary.