Now labour unions on radar.
After truck unions, it seems now that it is the turn to disband labour unions in Punjab. In the proposed food policy, there is a suggestion to disband the labour unions.
According to sources, the work of labour has taken back from the contractors and given to sheller owners. Sources said that according to economics of the government, it will save more than Rs 1,000 crore, while also benefit to sheller owners to the tune of more than Rs 100 crore. Now labour unions on radar. However, some of the Congress ministers and MLAs have opposed this proposal in the CMO. These MLAs are of the view that after the disbanding of truck union, the government should not open another new front, which could harm them politically in the state.It is pertinent to mention that two crore bags are procured daily during the season in the mandis. These 10 days the season goes on in full swing. Purchase of crops, cleaning, filling, lifting, unloading of bags in shellers run simultaneously. It can be said that this is the largest operation over a very short period of time. That government is to be considered successful and popular among the farmers who successfully executes this operation.
But, as the decision to disband truck unions after constant complaints, there are number of complaints against labourers unions and labour contractors like delay in unloading of bags, monopoly during lifting are such things after which the government is now intent on eliminating the unions. Moreover, about one month back, the Commission Agents of Punjab had also demanded from the CM in this regard during a function to honour him with a ‘Fakhar-e-Quom’ award, in Chandigarh.Now labour unions on radar according to sources, after the decision to abolish truck unions, the Chief Minister had asked the Commission Agents to connect small trucks operators with them for smooth lifting. It was also decided to start the work of transport of bags through Tractor-trolley, but the ban by courts changed the mind of government.
Similarly, now it is been told to commission agents to arrange labourers at their own level so that there can be no hurdle in this work. The work of unloading, cleaning of crops brought by the farmers in the mandis is done by the Commission agents through their own hired labourers.Sources disclosed, according to the estimates made by the government, the proposed decision to abolish the labour unions will benefit the government to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore and will also earn a benefit of Rs 100 crore for the shellers. But the opposition has started in ruling Congress itself. In the Chief Minister’s Office, some of MLAs had opposed this proposal, on Tuesday. MLAs said that they have to live in the area, but if such conditions rise there, how they will able to go to mandis, and therefore the government should re-consider it.
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