Pune: Only six per cent of the unorganised construction workforce is aware about their registration, whereas 74 per cent has no information about schemes devised by the State government for them, a recent survey conducted by the ‘Ek Sahhay Khidki Kendra’ has revealed.
Bharati Ausare, who works with the unorganised workforce, noted that workers are not aware about enrollment or registration. “There are a lot of schemes available for these workers. However, due to poor awareness and poor implementation, it is evident that the workers do not know how to avail the schemes. Only two per cent workers know that a certificate is available with the contractor and ward officials. These certificates in turn help workers avail schemes related to health, education and food security,” said Ausare.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Sangita Pilawae from ‘Ek Sahhay Khidki Kendra’ said that accessibility and the process of applying to these schemes was awarded only one star out of five. “This shows that the schemes are rarely accessible as there is no awareness. However, those who have availed these schemes have rated them three stars out of five, showing that the schemes are beneficial. So clearly, implementation is one of the important factors which needs to be worked on,” said Pilawae.
Another member, Sunanda Kamat, said that the State government should take initiatives of putting up flexes and easy registration centres for the unorganised workforce. “They survive on what they earn each day and hence they cannot miss work. Also, these families are totally dependent. Moreover, no contractor employs workers for full 90 days, hence a certification from them is not possible. So the government should take such steps that are easily reachable to workforce,” said Kamat.