GUWAHATI, April 21 - A large section of employers are yet to pay salaries to their employees in Assam, despite the fact that the State labour department had given a specific instruction to employers in this regard right at the start of this month.
On the other hand, 1.58 lakh construction workers are yet to avail the Rs 1,000 one-time grant from the government as well.
The Assam State Committee of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) stated these allegations in a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister and Finance Minister today.
It also demanded strict action against tea garden owners who have not paid the full amount of salaries to their employees for the service the latter have rendered during the lockdown.
The CITU also appealed to the government to ensure payment of salaries to every private sector employees, including teaching and non-teaching staff of private educational institutions. It also urged the government to supply free ration to around 20 lakh workers of the private transport sector.
It also urged the government to provide PPE kits to ASHA and Anganwadi workers of Assam, who have been working in the field to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The CITU today carried out a Statewide protest in support of their various demands, while adhering to the social distancing norms. Organizations like the Students� Federation of India (SFI) extended their support to the protest.
Meanwhile, the Assam committee of the All India Road Transport Workers� Federation today appealed to the Transport Minister to provide Rs 10,000 as one-time grant to drivers and petty transport traders.