A public hearing for unorganised sector on the implementation of ex gratia relief under the Chief Minister’s Relief Against Wage Loss (CRAWL) and for workers registered with Meghalaya Building And Other Construction Workers Board will be held on December 10 at the Cathedral Hall in Laitumkhrah from 10 am onwards.
The public hearing is being organised by the Meghalaya Domestic Workers Movement, Meghalaya & Greater Shillong Progressive Hawkers and Street Vendors Association, Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR) and Social Accountability Forum for Action and Research (SAFAR) on the implementation of the Rs. 2100 and Rs. 5000 by the government which is in the form of income support for unorganized sector workers adversely affected by the pandemic.
An eminent panel consisting of Justice Madan J Lokur Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of India, Rudi Warjri Retired Indian Ambassador and Diplomat, Meena Kharkongor Ex Chairperson of Meghalaya Commission for Child Rights, Aitinora Myrthong, Social Development Consultant, Meghalaya Society for Social Audit and Transparency. Nikhil Dey, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan and Rev. Kyrsoibor Pyrtuh, Civil Society Member will preside over the public hearing.
The public hearing is being organised in an effort to collaboratively address the failures in ensuring the disbursement of this financial assistance.
“Multiple complaints have been filed by individual complainants and our organizations to the State Government seeking redressal of our grievances. However problems persist. Most of the aggrieved persons are daily wage earners striving for their survival during these difficult pandemic lockdowns and are scattered across the state and are unable to approach the government individually,” TUR member Angela Rangad said.
She said the public hearing will provide a platform for workers to share their grievances in the public domain.
Labour Department and the Office of the Chief Secretary have been specially invited to participate in the hearing so that they too have an opportunity to share relevant information and respond to the grievances of the people and the findings raised, she added.