Special Correspondent

The work is seasonal they say

PUDUCHERRY: The Puduvai Anaithu Samayalkalai Thozhilalargal Sangam has urged the Government to provide more funds for implementation of schemes to promote the welfare of cooks and their assistants in the Union Territory. Honorary president of the sangam A.K. Anbazhagan said here on Wednesday that over 5000 persons including head cooks, assistants and other labourers were engaged in the profession. Around 50 per cent of them were women, he added.

Since their work was seasonal, they did not get regular income. These unorganised sector workers had to seek jobs in hotels and restaurants during the lean period. The sangam had urged the Government to treat the families of these workers as below the poverty line families and issue red colour ration cards to them. It had also demanded disbursement of loan to the cooks to start self-employment.

The sangam had also pleaded with the Government to provide free cycles to them so that they could transport the equipment required for cooking without much difficulty.

It had also highlighted demands such as issue of free house site pattas or tenements for the cooks and other workers and education loan for their children. The sangam had asked the Government to provide insurance benefits for these workers, he said.