GUWAHATI, Nov 16 � The Border Road Organisation (BRO) Labourers� Union, North East Region has made an appeal to the Director General of the BRO to take urgent steps to ameliorate the condition of the casual paid labourers (CPLs).
The Union has also pleaded for creation of a multi-tasking service (MTS) in the BRO to accommodate the deserving CPLs in line with the other Central Government organisations and PSUs.
In a memorandum to the BRO DG, the Union alleged that the CPLs are not covered under the Labour laws of the country. They are entitled to only three national holidays and are not entitled to even the May Day holiday.
These labourers are deprived of benefits like medical leave, casual leave, maternity leave and other benefits. Moreover, they are made to work in hostile climatic conditions in difficult terrains, said the Union.
The Union also regretted the fact that the BRO has been recruiting these CPLs only for six months at a stretch without taking into consideration the services rendered by most of them for quite long periods.
The Union demanded that the government should start covering the CPLs under the provisions of Employees� Provident Fund (EPF), insurance policy and gratuity, etc.