Punia seeks ban on outsourcing of contract labours
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Last Updated: Sunday, July 03, 2011, 20:21
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.


First Published: Sunday, July 03, 2011, 20:21

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