Mandatory registration of labours in Meghalaya: CCI

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Shillong, Sep 28 (UNI) A Cabinet Committee on Influx (CCI) today submitted a report to the Meghalaya government to deal with the bourgeoning problem of workmen migrants in the state.

The committee, headed by Minister in-charge Urban Affairs Paul Lyngdoh, suggested the amendment to the existing Inter-State workmen Regulation Act, 1979 (Amended in 1985).

Apart from amending the existing Act, the committee also suggested mandatory registration of the labour contractors with the District Council and issuance of work permits for the labourers.

The permits have to be renewed every 179 days so that they cannot claim the rights of permanent residency - as per the existing laws of any Indian citizen who resides at a place for over six months may apply for permanent residency, Lyngdoh said.

''This would discourage labourers from outside the state to register as a voter in the state,'' the minister asserted.

Stating that the existing Act had 'lot of room for manipulation', Mr Lyngdoh said the committee had suggested the government to recruit 200 enforcement personnel to contain the influx problem.

The strengthening of the labour department would cost a recurring expenditure of Rs 3 crore annually, he said.

He said another important step would be to immediately implement the State mining policy, which is now in its final drafting stage.

'' More than 80 per cent of migrant labour is engaged in the mining sector,''Mr Lyngdoh added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister D D Lapang said the the report would be discussed in the next Cabinet and suitable decision taken on the recommendations.

UNI

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