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Identity cards should be issued to workers in unorganised sector
There is a strong case for protection and welfare of the 91.7 per cent workers in the unorganized sector who deserve to be recognized as workers for all practical purposes and need to be issued identity cards for providing definite legal entity by the new Government.
A ban on child labour in India since October 10, 2006 was not sufficient to create conducive environment for children to go to school. The new provisions in Child Labour Prohibition & Regulation Act are merely an ointment and are a lip service without its honest introspection for implementation.

To commemorate International Labour Day which can culturally inspire our labour force and manpower for hard work with a sense of sacrifice instead of unending personal or group greed and desires, we need to make strike ballot as a guiding principle by the labour unions before launching a strike as recommended by Second National Commission on Labour (SNCL).

No casual or temporary appointments be made for more than two years against a permanent post is a worth considering recommendation of the SNCL.

Let the new breed of workers take a pledge for creating work culture in the global knowledge economy of today.

The condition of Indian workers continues to be the same because of the labour leaders becoming pawns for the political bigwigs. Thus, we need to search alternatives to labour unions to improve the lot of workers for whom such safeguard was originally planned as a social organization.

(Dr. M. M. Goel, is Professor of Economics at Kurukshetra University, Haryana)


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