Shillong: “There is a ‘captive exploitation’ of people from the rural areas in the private security set-up in Shillong, although the scenario has improved,” stated member of the Federation of Workers Powers of Meghalaya, Angela Rangad on Tuesday.
Ahead of the second annual convention scheduled on May 4, Rangad in her answer to queries related to the alleged deprivation of the workers in the organized and private sectors, said that many people who moved to Shillong in search of jobs ended up in ‘captive exploitation’. She cited cases in the private security sector. “The collapse in agriculture and the recruitment of rural youths by contractors under government-sponsored skill development initiatives have led to an increase in captive employees”, she stated.
Rangad said that many youths in the past few years were promised a salary. They were either half paid or their salaries kept pending for months.
Stating that the information received indicated that there has been a slight improvement, she added that there are many others in the sector who have been deprived of their benefits as per the laws and guidelines laid down. “They were not made aware of their leave benefits, the ESI or the provided fund by the employers, she stated.
It is on this note that the federation will be launching a help desk to prevent exploitation. Around 500-odd members of the federation are expected to attend the meeting.
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