Labour Day observes in Manipur
Imphal, May 1 (EMN): MAHUD Minister Th Shyamkumar , who also holds the town planning, forests and environment, horticulture and soil conservation portfolio appealed to the public to imbibe civic sense to maintain cleanliness and said that around 200 dustbins will be kept in different locations across the market.
Minister Shyamkumar made the announcement during the ‘10th Foundation Day cum May Day Celebration’ was organised by the Kanglei Economic Development Organisation (KEDO) at the Khwairamband Ima Keithel in Imphal today. Speaking as the Chief Guest of the function, he also appealed to the citizens of the State especially youths not to be ashamed while taking up any kind of work.Stating that the youths of the State have a big role to play in improving economy of Manipur, Minister Shyamkumar was hopeful that the State will progress once the citizens take up all kinds of work with emphasis on self-employment.
Minister Shyamkumar said that, the Government has come across many illegal pattas for spaces covering the drains of the Khwairamband Keithel during the last 15 years. He added that, the new government is firm to take legal action against the wrong doers.
In his speech, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) L Susindro Meitei appealed to the government to provide 24X7 toilet service in the Khwairamband eithel as the workers of the KEDO are facing inconveniences working during the night time.
Susindro also drew the need for toilet facility for the shoppers. Susindro Meitei assured that, a loan of Rs 20,000 each will be given to KEDO workers in collaboration with Bandhan Bank, promising the same to the women vendors in case of requirement. He further said that, a new market shed with 500 shops will be soon constructed at Khurai to be open 5 days a week. A day will be used for cleaning the market while the next day will be an off day for the workers. Assuring that KEDO workers will be contacted for the purpose, Susindro Meitei promised to construct a new place for the workers at Khurai Lamlong Keithel.
As part of the function, Minister Th Shyamkumar along with Parliamentary Secretary L Susindro handed over a four-wheeler vehicle – ‘Mahindra Jeeto’ to KEDO worker Thockchom Sanathoi which will be used for ferrying drinking water. He bought the vehicle with loan from KEDO Finance. The annual souvenir of KEDO was also released on the occasion. Awards and certificates were also presented to KEDO workers under best discipline and best worker categories.
Manipur to host Labour mela
Manipur’s education minister Th Radheshyam who also holds the Labour and Employment portfolio said that a labour mela will be organised to create awareness on the various central schemes for the welfare of labour in the state.
The announcement was made by the minister during the May Day function which was organised by Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, and Labourers’ Welfare Association under the theme “Securing Decent Work for Sustainable Social – Economic Development” at Youth Hostel premises here on Monday.
Many labours were also honoured by giving gifts for their struggle in bringing certain change. Minister Radheshyam said celebration is a chance for oneself to retrospect of how far the conditions of the labours as well as the society has improved in the last 130 years since the struggle of 1880s (1886) in Chicago demanding for the 8 hour work day spreading in India and in Manipur in 1939 (under the leadership of Hijam Irabot Singh).
Appreciating the celebration of May Day he said, the celebration would have been more impactful if all the labours of Manipur working in all organised and unorganised sectors were brought together under one umbrella at such function. Mentioning the most unfortunate incident of Bhopal gas tragedy, the Minister said the labourers need to be aware of all the welfare schemes of health, social security, education, housing, recreation, water supply, etc., provided by the government for the welfare of labourers of the country.
Highlighting the importance of having labour unions the Minister said, unions have to carry out certain needful work for the welfare of the labourer that plays a major role in the progress of society. Stating the need to set a target for the upliftment of the working conditions of the working class citizen so that the future does not suffer the hardship like today the minister said, all the labours and concern authority need to come together to work together to improve the working condition within the minimum time frame. Thus to achieved the goal the Minister said, proper analysis of the prevailing conditions need to be discussed so that a favourable condition or newly implementation if required for the welfare of the labourer be propagated in the state of Manipur.