Jamshedpur : The Steel City on Monday celebrated International Labour Day, with rallies and series of other events.
East Singhbhum district administration organized a function at Michael John Auditorium in Bistupur where inState food and civil supplies minister Saryu Roy, as chief guest, spoke on the importance of the day and hailed the state for rolling out pro-labour initiatives.
He highlighted the contribution of laboureres in the development of the nation. Masons and construction workers were felicitated for their contribution to government projects at a function organised.
” We need to recognize the importance of the day. Industry should also put in sincere efforts to stop exploitation of workers and ensure that they benefit from various welfare schemes,” he said, adding those engaged in the unorganised sector should get minimum wages.
Jamshedpur MP BidyutBaranMahto, Potka MLA MenkaSardar, East Singhbhum DC Amit Kumar and other senior district administrative officials attended the programme.
Many outfits took out rallies, including Jharkhand AsangathikMazdoor Union, Jharkhand Mazdoor Union and Jusco Shramik Union. In Adityapur, all small and medium enterprises (SMEs) remained closed, but several rallies were taken out by industrial workers.
Various trade union units also celebrated the day by hoisting their union flags at their local units across the city and outskirts throughout the day. The main topics discussed at the meeting included the need to ensure the protection of rights of the migrant labours apart from slamming the state and central governments for policies leading to price rise of essential commodities.
The communist leaders and cadres first assembled near Sakchi then took out a processing carrying red flags and banners. The meeting also pointed out that the left party trade unions would ensure that the state government and the labour department are forced to implement labour laws to ensure the protection of rights of migrant labourers employed in various sectors here in the district.
Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh organised a function at Bhuiyandih. Patron Dulal Bhuiyan said : “The governments are not formulating its economic policies for the betterment of the ordinary people but to favour the corporate lobbies. We have been going through a difficult phase of hikes in the prices of essential commodities. We will have to suffer more as there are indications of hikes in power tariff and bus rates etc”.