More than 150 construction and domestic workers attended stakeholders’ sensitization event organized by Sahaya Single Window. The meet held on June 21, 2017, at Community Hall in Anjanappa Garden, included officials from District Legal Services Authority, Labour department, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the local councillor.
The workers were from Anjanappa Garden, KP Agrahara and Ramakrishna Sevanagar.
Jaya Shankar, Senior Judge and Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Bangalore Urban, Rekha Kadresh, Councillor, BBMP, Santhosh Hipparigi, Labour Officer, Shobha Patil, Senior Labour Inspector, Venkatesh Murthy, Community Mobilizer, Welfare, BBMP were present.
Jaya Shankar, the Secretary, directed the Labour officers to reach out to all the unorganized workers in the settlements with the support of Single Window and bring them under unorganized workers Board to reach all the services meant for them.
The Labour department must work with Single Window and local leaders to reach out to the unorganized workers. The department has to work at three levels; to educate the community about the schemes and programmes, to help them to apply for it and then to guide them to access the scheme benefits, the senior judge said.
Since Single Window has already mobilized the community at the ground, the department has to ensure that the benefits reach them, he added.
The Secretary also assured the community that Legal Services Authority would work with the community and they can directly approach the Authority for any assistance in accessing Social and Legal entitlements.
He also said the department and Single Window must ensure that the labour card holders get all the benefits such as scholarship for their children, medical assistance and benefits like financial support for their children’s marriage and constructing houses for themselves.
Labour Officer Hipparigi spoke about the services that are available and how they can be assessed. About 15 new cards were distributed to construction workers.
Till date, 76 construction workers have got labour card in Anjanappa Garden.
Hipparigi also appreciated Single Window efforts in identifying the construction workers and helping them in getting labour cards.
Murthy, the Community Mobilizer, explained about welfare schemes and the various activities of BBMP.
He also said Single Window received 10 new applications for labour cards and 50 applications for children scholarship.
The senior judge Jaya Shankar also visited the Anganwadi Center in Anjanappa Garden and interacted with the children and the Anganwadi team.
He verified the documents maintained at the Centre and instructed the Anganwadi workers to display the education materials suupplied by DWCD.
Seeing that in one hall, two centers were running, the Member Secretary promised to write to the department to shift one center to another location.
Uma, Community Representative, Sahaya Single Window, praised the initiative.
She said there was a time when they were not able to access lot of schemes and programmes meant for unorganized workers like them.
..now Single Window has brought many departments together. We got to know about the various schemes offered for us. We have taken the initiative along with Single Window to create the various schemes and also help the community to get these benefits.