Acknowledging the efforts and assistance of labour class in the society, like other parts of the globe, the Jammu and Kashmir is also all set to celebrate the Mayday (International Labour Day), which falls on Sunday (May1).
The Labour Day aims to pay tribute to workers’ sacrifices in achieving economic and social rights all over the world. Labor unions throughout India would celebrate and organise seminars, rallies and parades where union leaders would deliver speeches emphasizing the history of Labor Day and its importance.
In India, Labour Day is celebrated as a public holiday. It is celebrated as Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas. The holiday is tied to labour movements for communist and socialist political parties. Labour Day is known as “Kamgar Din” in Hindi “Kamgar Divas” in Marathi and “Uzhaipalar dhinam” in Tamil. In north India Labour Day is mostly not given its previous importance as a holiday now.
While talking to Newspoint, Additional Commissioner, Labor Commission-R K Vaid said that state government has formulated several welfare schemes for the labors working in an unorganized sector under the building and other construction sectors.
“The Building and other Construction Workers Regulations of Employment and Conditions of services Act 1996, this Act was implemented in our state in the year 2006 and in the year 2008 state government formulated schemes for the welfare of the construction sites workers. The welfare schemes includes medical assistance incase of chronic and acute diseases, cash assistance for the workers in case of need, scholarship for the children of the workers,” said the Additional commissioner.
He further added that the minimum and maximum wages for both female workers according to 2009 data was rupees 110 and rupees 200 for unskilled and semi-skilled workers. He further said that this wages Act was revised vide SRO 3 in the year 2013,now minimum wages for unskilled workers is rupees 150 per month, semi-skilled workers Rs 200 and skilled workers get Rs 225, he stated.