GUWAHATI, March 13 - With a host of factors affecting the income of the daily wage labourers in the capital city, the Society for Social Transformation and Environment Protection has embarked on a mission to develop the skill of the daily wage labourer.
Of late, the economic condition of a section of daily wage labourers has further deteriorated as competition has crept into the labour market with employers seeking the services of skilled labourers. The Society, which has intervened in 24 labour markets in the capital city is right now focusing on providing training to the daily wage labourers so that they can have better prospects at bargaining and thus improve their standard of living.
According to Sattar Choudhury, coordinator of the Society, two training sessions have already been conducted for the daily wage labourers of the city. �We provided training on carpentry and masonry as carpenters and masons are of great demand with the city witnessing a boom in the real estate sector,� said Choudhury, adding that the number of daily wage labourers in the city has been increasing every year.
Guwahati, the gateway to the North East has seen a boom in the housing and construction sector. With construction works multiplying day by day, the demand for masons, carpenters, plumbers etc., has gone up. �And this demand is being met by the migrated labourers,� said Choudhury, observing that a pathetic socio-economic background has been the compelling force behind migration.
He also pointed out that migration in rural Assam is triggered by poor employment opportunities and natural disasters. Repeated floods and erosion have affected the rural economy, forcing a section to migrate to the urban areas. And Guwahati with its high rises and glittering lights, has always attracted the poor.
�Every year thousands of people from the districts of lower Assam are displaced by flood and erosion. For them the destination is Guwahati and they struggle to make both ends meet by working as daily wage labourers,� said Choudhury, mentioning that the presence of so many labourers has led to stiff competition.
Choudhury further said that in batches the Society would be providing training to the daily wage labourers for skill development.