National Dialogue on Changes in the form of Labour Movements in India has been organized by “National Alliance for Labour Rights (NALR)” at Gandhi Peace Foundation, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, New Delhi. The assembly has been participated by workers and representatives of various sectors, which included street vendors, rag pickers, domestic helpers, farm workers, cycle and electric rickshaw pullers, goods carriers, factory workers, construction workers and many more.
Along with prominent personalities of labour movement, i.e. – Indu Prakash Singh, Rajesh Upadhyay, Prabhat Choudhary, representatives of diverse labour segments have also offered their submissions for responding to new challenges of labourers with the amendment in the labour laws.
Vighnesh Jha, the ‘Secretary General’ of ‘Federation of Rickshaw Pullers’ Association’ in his presentation focused upon recognition of different segments of labours and their contribution in societal and fiscal development of nation. He stated that several segments of labourers are still not being recognized as an essential unit, which add in the regular domestic or market activities across the nation. For an instance, hardly any individual or Government Unit recognizes their contribution in supply of goods from one place to other despite more than six decades journey of the welfare state.
He stated that unit of rickshaw pullers are also a division of labourers, which contributes a lot not only to the society as the last mile public voyage resource and market as the lone tool for carrying merchandise from one destination to the other . They also contributes to environment by replacing automobiles and polluting vehicles. Cycle rickshawas are fossil fuel free alternatives.
As per a research, a rickshaw puller saves around two tons of carbon dioxide omission every year. It is important to present their and showcase their contribution in nation building before policy makers, inhabitants and the ‘Government Machinery’ of nation and ask for amicable solution of negligence as a nation builder, exploitation through erroneous laws and missing role in policy matters and priorities.
– Vignesh Jha