From a Correspondent
MARGHERITA, April 12: Chatra Mukti Sangram Samity (CMSS) Margherita Regiol Committee on Tuesday staged a dhar in front of the Margherita Sub Divisiol Office (C) gate.
More than 500 workers from many factories of Margherita region were present and they raised slogans against the Margherita administration and Labour Department. Pappu Dutta, president of CMSS, said that in Margherita region there were factories where workers get Rs 80 to Rs 100 as daily wages.
He slammed the Assam Government’s Labour Department for not being able to implement the Minimum Wages Act. “There are many factory owners in Margherita who bribe Labour Department officials and ministers with a large amount of money while poor workers of the factories are exploited and denied proper wages and other basic facilities,” alleged Pappu Dutta. He added, “CMSS Margherita Regiol Committee has been for a long time demanding implementation of the Minimum Wages Act and other basic facilities for the factory workers of Margherita but the Assam Government’s Labour Department is in deep slumber.”
The CMSS activists submitted a memorandum to the Margherita Sub Divisiol Officer (Civil) with five demands such as implementation of the Minimum Wages Act in the factories of Margherita, giving 20 per cent bonus to factory workers in any festival during a year, providing Provident Fund and medical facilities to the factory workers, regularizing the jobs of factory workers and giving pending arrear to the workers.
If the demands are not fulfilled then CMSS will intensify its agitation in the coming days, said Pappu Dutta.