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Skilled labor force must for state to prosper: Das

Jamshedpur, May 2: The Chief Minister on Sunday attended a function organized by the state Labor Department to mark International Labor Day at Michael John Auditorium in Bistupur. “Jharkhand is a mineral-rich state, but until the labor force is made skilled, the state cannot prosper,” he said, addressing about 1,000-odd workers of unorganized sector.

Only eight per cent of labor force in the state is engaged in organized sector and they have various trade unions to protect their interest, Das said at a function to mark International Labor Day at Bistupur here.

He said that the government, administration, labor as well as all departments concerned will become their voice and protect their interests and provide training to impart skills.

Das pitched for simplification of laws to attract more investment.

“Our government is of the belief that industry interest and workers interest should go hand in hand because of the workers industries can prosper. It’s the responsibility of our government to see that the laborers don’t face any issue and our government will become the voice of 92 per cent unorganized workers of Jharkhand,” added Das.

Chief Minister further said that work is being done to make the labor laws are being simplified so that investment increases and economy of the state become strong.

“The government is also exercising the use of IT in the field of labor which would erase the involvement of middlemen and corruption. He further informed that registration of any trade is now possible online.

The minimum wage of the workers will now directly go to the bank accounts through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT),” the CM said.

Till the fund which was kept lying in the banks will now be use for the betterment of the workers and ‘Garib Kalyan Fair’ will be organized every three months.

Das also declared that the state would celebrate September 17 as Workers’ Rights Day from this year, apart from observing the Labor Day. On the occasion, Das distributed helmets, safety boots, bicycles and sewing machines among laborers under various welfare schemes.

Jamshedpur MP Bidyut Baran Mahto, Rajya Sabha member Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu, MLAs Maneka Sardar and Laxam Tuddu were also present.

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