Contract workers take on Delhi labour minister at jan sunvai
NEW DELHI: Dreaming of permanent jobs and eager for immediate redressal of grievances, angry contract workers on Friday took on labour minister Gopal Rai at a jan sunvai (public hearing) in the capital. Unemployed 21-year-old Nibha Jha was one of them who left the minister flustered sharing her anguish of low wages, long working hours and no scope of redressal while being employed by a contractor engaged by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
Jha reminded Rai how she and others like her were lathi-charged by security personnel near Rajghat on March 25 when they tried to approach him to apprise him on the matter for the second time. “Why weren’t we allowed to meet you when we came to submit a memorandum on March 3? Where were you when we were beaten and lathi-charged?” asked Jha.
“Shame, shame!” shouted those with Jha under the banner of Delhi Metro Contract Workers Union. She had come to the public hearing organized by the labour minister to ‘hear the voices of suppression’ and problems of contract employees.