Chandigarh:April 12 ,2015,A two day Colloquium (Seminar) on “Workers in Unorganized Sector - Challenges and Way forward” organized by State Legal Services Authority, U.T., Chandigarh concluded here today at Chandigarh Judicial Academy. The event inaugurated yesterday by Hon’ble Mr. Justice T. S. Thakur, Judge, Supreme Court of India and Executive Chairman, National Legal Services Authority (NLSA), New Delhi was attended by eminent speakers including the Hon’ble Judges, senior bureaucrats, professors and Advocates.

                   The agenda for colloquium set by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Hemant Gupta, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court & Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, U.T. of Chandigarh the previous day to secure basic human rights for workers in unorganized sector and need for the NLSA and SLSA’s to act as a watchdog for expeditious implementation of centrally & state sponsored beneficial schemes, was taken forward.

                   During the two day long colloquium, issues pertaining to Women labor in unorganized sector; implementation of Unorganized Workers Social Security Act 2008 & Building and Other Construction Workers Act; Migrant Labors; Employee provident Fund and providing legal services to workers in unorganized sector were discussed.

                   The 3 working Sessions were chaired by Hon’ble Mr. Justice T. S. Thakur, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Hon’ble Mr. Justice A. K. Goel, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Arun Palli, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court respectively and were co-chaired by Hon’ble Ms. Justice Ritu Bahri, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Rajiv N. Raina, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court and Sh. K. K. Jalan, IAS, Central Provident Fund Commissioner respectively.

          The main aim of organizing this Colloquium was to brainstorm about the problems relating to Workers in Unorganized Sector in implementation of legislative measures and social welfare endeavors by the Governments. The event was attended by Judicial Officers, officials of various departments of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh including Labour, Social Welfare, Child and Women Development and health as well as Social Workers, Mediators, Legal Aid Counsel, Para Legal Volunteers, representatives of the Trade Unions and employers.

          Ms. Jahanvi Worah, Advocate while speaking during first Session stressed the pressing need to put in concerted efforts for alleviating the deplorable conditions of domestic worker & rural female labour force and highlighted that empowerment for this section of worker could only be achieved by altering the power structure which tend to marginalize women labourers.

          Sh. Anupam Malik, Additional Labour Commissioner, Haryana raised concern regarding sexual harassment of female workers and placed on record to the necessity for quick response against such atrocities and sensitization of public at large qua legal remedies and social values. 

          Mr. Piyush Sharma, Additional Labour Commissioner (Retd.) pointed out that paucity of funds and administrative delays in extending beneficial schemes are main reasons for the current under privileged condition of construction workers and rural artisans.

          Mr. Harish Nayar, Additional Labour Commissioner, Punjab suggested adoption of technology for dissemination of benefits under welfare schemes by using online reception of application and organizing registration camps.