SHILLONG: The Meghalaya State Legal Services Authority (MSLSA) in collaboration with the Meghalaya Labour Department organized a day-long legal awareness programme on “Rights and Benefits of Workers in the Unorganized Sector” at the Yojana Bhavan auditorium, Main Secretariat Building, Shillong, on Saturday.
Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court and Patron-in-Chief, Meghalaya State Legal Services Authority, Justice AK Mittal graced the inaugural programme as the chief guest.
It may be mentioned here that the purpose of the programme is to make the workers in the unorganized sectors aware of their rights and benefits.
Addressing the inaugural programme, the Chief Justice informed that the term ‘unorganized worker’ is defined in Section 2 (m) of The Unorganised Workers Social Security Act, 2008 which is an act of the Parliament enacted to in order to provide social security and welfare for the unorganized workers.
Stating that education plays a vital role in developing the economy of the country, the Chief Justice said that it is an important element in converting the population into national asset.
The Chief Justice further added that if the workers in the unorganized sector are educated and trained they can take advantage of all the benefits available to them.
Meghalaya High Court Judge and Executive Chairman, MSLSA, Justice HS Thangkhiew, Member Secretary, MSLSA, Diengdoh and State Government officials were also present during the inaugural programme.
The inaugural programme was followed by series of sessions wherein resource persons DP Wahlang, Principal Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Labour Department B Mawlong, Labour Commissioner, KK Srivastava, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner D Benjamin, Branch Manager, ESI, Shillong Hamza Chaudhury, Administrative Officer, Life Insurance Corporation P&GS, Guwahati and others spoke on a variety of topics relating to the unorganized sector.
The other highlights of the day’s programme include distribution of scholarships to the children of workers in the unorganized sector who had registered themselves in The Meghalaya Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board.