Monday, August 15, 2022

Consultative meet of building, construction unions


A consultative meet of building and construction union(s) was held in the conference hall of Hotel De Oriental, here, on Friday.
Speaking at the programme, Nagaland Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board (NBOCWWB) chairman, Dr Kekhrie Yhome briefed on the schemes and welfare funds for construction workers and their families.
Yhome said the board was first in the state where direct transfer of benefit took place with no cash handling as part of e-governance.
He informed that it had 12,500 active beneficiaries and 34,000 in active beneficiaries and that many were still unregistered.
He urged upon them to get registered to avail benefits. Pointing out that building and construction workers were the “most exploited people”, who had temporary jobs and moved from one place to another depending on the nature of their work.
Nagaland Government Registered Class-I Contractors’ Union (NGRC-I CU) secretary, Abel Shohe said laborers in the state were not properly categorised.
On labour registration, he suggested good coordination among the union in screening out labourers and categorising them into subdivisions and suggested that labourers be provided with proper id-cards for authentication with a form of security.
With random and no proper fixing of working rates in the state, the meeting highlighted that this was a major challenge.
It was proposed that the workers should have a badge or common uniform for daily wagers and wages to be streamlined.
With several workers from outside the state to operate heavy machinery, the meeting suggested that proper training for labourers be looked into along with certification of their work so that local people were given equal opportunity in the state and the system.
The programme was chaired by CEO, NBOCWWB, T Chubayanger.


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