Stringent actions against companies exploiting workers

HYDERABAD: Union Minister of State for Labor and Employment Bandaru Dattatraya today warned that stringent action would be taken against the companies denying minimum wages to its workers and employees.

Participating in International May Day celebrations at Ravindra Bharathi, Dattatraya warned of jail term to the companies if they looted the workers of their wages. He expressed concern that despite many laws for protection of labour, the working class was still being deprived of their rights and benefits. The center, in coordination with the states, will take up right measures to ensure complete benefits to the workers across the nation, he said.

Dattatraya asked the trade unions to wage a combined struggle for the welfare of the working class. He also suggested the companies and industries to recognize the workers and offer proper wages to make a better living, instead of looting them.

The Centre is coming up with many welfare schemes for the workers,and they will get separate unique identity cards and will be eligible to claim their cash benefits online, he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is focusing on workers’ welfare to give them more benefits in the near future through a separate web portal, Dattatreya said. There is about 27,000 crore rupees of unclaimed funds with the EPFO, and the center was seriously thinking of distributing the funds among the beneficiaries soon, he declared. (NSS)

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