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CITU urges PM to ensure jobs, income in unorganised sector

Mar '20
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The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and the entire trade union movement India has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urgently intervene to ensure that jobs and incomes of workers in the unorganised sector are protected and they are provided with money to meet their immediate daily requirements. The government is yet to draw a comprehensive plan to tackle the situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic that is aggravating it further, it said.

The micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector, which is already suffering from economic slowdown, should be supported by the government through concessional loans and moratorium on existing loans, CITU general secretary Tapan Sen said in a March 24 letter to Modi.

Many private enterprises have announced cut in wages, unpaid forced leave and retrenchment, which means starvation, deprivation and destitution for the workers, putting their survival and the survival of their family members at stake, the letter said.

Hence, CITU demanded the government should announce a large-scale scheme to be implemented through states to protect livelihoods and provide income support to the most vulnerable.

It requested the government to announce statutorily enforceable measures to be directly enforced by the governments at the centre and states, without further delay.

These should include transfer of ₹5,000 to the informal sector workers aged up to 25 and ₹10,000 to those above 25 on a monthly basis through their bank or Jan Dhan accounts; increase in the pension for the Employee Pension Scheme pensioners at the minimum level; free ration to informal sector workers from the huge stock of food grains at government disposal; strict action against hoarders; and separate arrangement to supply mid-day meal to the residence of the entitled students as schools are closed, the letter added.

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