Mysore/Mysuru: Over a hundred workers from unorganised and other sectors were honoured on ‘Karmika Samman Divas’ on Sunday, at a programme jointly organised by the District Administration, Zilla Panchayat, Labour Department and Karnataka State Unorganised Worker Social Security Board at Sarada Vilas College Centenary Hall in Krishnamurthypuram.
Out of the 100 workers, 36 workers were presented with ‘Shrama Samman’ awards by Mayor Tasneem, for their outstanding achievements in their respective fields.
Speaking after inaugurating the programme, Deputy Labour Commissioner Ravikumar said that while 20 percent of the working class were organised, the remaining 80 percent belong to the unorganised sector in the State. Noting that Government welfare measures were reaching only to the organised labour sector, he said that the State and Central Governments taking note of this, have launched many social security schemes targeting the unorganised working class.
Ravikumar further said that while organised workers celebrate ‘May Day’, the Government has announced ‘Karmika Samman Divas’ for the unorganised sector.
Assistant Labour Commissioner A.C. Thammanna said that 3,367 unorganised workers out of the 5,468 applicants have been issued ID cards by the Department. Also, the Government is promoting ‘PMSYM’ pension scheme, which enables workers from the unorganised sector to get certain facilities, he said and called upon the workers to be informed of all the facilities and benefits extended to them by the Government.
A total of 100 workers from unorganised sectors such as Washermen, Hairdressers, Goldsmiths, Pottery-makers, Hamalis, Tailors, Kiln workers, Auto-mechanics, Domestic workers, Vehicle drivers, etc., were honoured and presented a cheque of Rs.1,000 each.
Also, 36 outstanding workers from different sectors were felicitated on the occasion by Mayor Tasneem. 12 of them were presented with a gold medal worth Rs.15,000 each, 12 with a silver medal worth Rs. 10,000 each and 12 others with a silver medal worth Rs. 8,000 each.
Labour Officer S.M. Manjuladevi, Mysuru District Luxury Taxi Stand Owners and Drivers Association President Ayub Pasha, Daily Wage Labourers and Workers Association President Pramod Chikkamagalur, Savitha Samaja President Nagendra and others were present.