Staff Reporter

Law for workers in unorganised sector on the anvil

‘The government would try to settle cases related to surplus land filed in various courts’

‘Delay in settling the cases affecting the distribution of land to the landless’

Thrissur: Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran has called upon excise officials to effectively protect people who inform against illicit liquor brewers and traffickers. He was addressing a seminar on ‘Role of excise in social betterment: a human rights perspective’, organised by KHRC here on Saturday.

Legislation

“Often common people, including women, who inform against illicit brewers or traffickers in the locality are later threatened or attacked by the offenders. I have come across such situations in Attappadi. There have been instances of the liquor mafia attacking

Kudumbashree members and common people,” he said.

The government, he said, was planning legislation to ensure social justice for those in the unorganised sector.

“Those who encourage higher wages for officers in the upper echelons of bureaucracy are silent about increasing wages for lower division workers. The government has increased wages for different sections of workers. But the wages for anganwadi employees, literacy mission workers and Kudumbashree members are still low. There are daily wage workers employed in government officers for Rs.110. The basic right for minimum wages should be seriously addressed,” he said.

Surplus land

The government, he said, would try to settle cases related to surplus land filed in various courts in a time-bound manner.

“There are 2 lakh landless and 4 lakh homeless people in the State. Delay in settling the cases hinder giving land to the landless. A few of these cases are nearly 25-years-old. The government wants to settle them within a year,” he said.

Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, said it was sad that law-keepers sometimes perpetrated human rights violations.

A. Lakshmikutty, KHRC member, called for setting up a collective to prevent illicit liquor menace with the support of Kudumbashree and literacy mission workers.

Joint Excise Commissioner and Excise Academy principal P. Salim lamented that the number of excise officers in the State to check illicit liquor was just 5,000.

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