BMS raises migrant workers’s concerns with HM Amit Shah
RSS affiliate BMS (Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh) today submitted memorandum to Home Minister Amit Shah on the issue of unorganised and migrant sector.
BMS in its letter says that on one hand the health concerns on account of COVID-19 are all pervading, on other hand, the assault on employment is deepening. The migrant workers are in bunkers meeting the savage blows. The long drawn lockdown caused closure of activities and also loss of employment. They endured on their own for a fortnight. But at the month end, their worries for family- wellbeing became paramount concern and the only thought was to go home.
“In this calamity, migrants were on move, finding whatever source that came handy. And few as well left on foot for homes. But the road blocked at districts/State boundaries, caused them stop midway. Scant of discontents caused governments to find need to meet situation,’’ BMS further says.
In this memorandum, BMS has suggested the government that those migrants who are reaching home could get instant employment by opening MGNEREGA schemes and undertaking activities like road building and repairs, government/ community building repairs, cleaning water ponds/ lakes, cleaning canals and converting waste into manure meant for agriculture.
“All registered constructions workers must get the relief payment by doing away with problems in payments through Banks. If not then they must be paid in cash, on basis of identification and verification of their documents. Those who could not renew the registration also must get this relief and enrollment all the same, for year 2020,” Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh has demanded from the government.