|BRO Labour Union seeks President’s intervention |
TEZPUR, Oct 10 - The BRO Labour Union has sought the intervention of the President of India for solution to its long-pending issues of workers.
In a memorandum submitted to the President of India, Leki Tsering, president of NE region chapter of BRO labourers’ organisation, mentioned that thousands of CPLs (Casual Paid Labourers) have been engaged under BRO for construction of buildings, roads, bridges etc. However, these labourers are denied protection of labour laws, social security, maternity benefits, equal remuneration act, Bonus Amendment Act and other Constitutional rights. Presently, thousands of CPLs are working across the country, with high risk of work in the highest altitudes, in the deepest terrains, in the forests, in valleys, and even abroad. Many of the CPLs have completed more than 30 years in service. However, it is very unfortunate that they cannot enjoy medical or any festival leaves. They even do not get provident fund, insurance, etc. Though these people have devoted themselves for the best possible work for the Armed Forces, they are yet to get recognition as a part of the Armed Forces.
“BRO states that it is integral part of Armed Force which does not come under industrial dispute act as it is not considered as an industry and accordingly the BRO’s jobs are seasonal. BRO is following its regulations and a notification of BRDB No.F.4 (91) BRDB/61 HQ.DGBR Dated 31.07.1962 which is many decades old,” Tsering said adding that the workers are uneducated and ignorant and working in jungles, mountains and valleys. Tsering also mentioned in the memorandum that most of the CPLs live in the forest and mountain areas where their children fail to get basic amenities, including education and ultimately become labourers under the BRO.
“These are nothing but adverse violation human rights, so we are of the opinion that the government of India, specially the Defence Ministry will take necessary steps in this regard and are also hopeful enough that the President of the country would be kind enough to intervene in the long-pending issue,” he reiterated.