Pune: How to reach a native place? How to solve problems in the workplace? How to recover the daily wages from contractors or companies? What if coronavirus panic has got one into depression? Now, all these questions faced by migrant workers will be answered by the Office of Labour Commissioner through a counselling center.
The workers will also be given information about various government schemes. So, once a worker goes inside the counselling center, the officials there would ensure that he goes out assured of his livelihood and welfare.
Job loss and the financial crisis have been a double whammy for the migrant workers during the lockdown. A suicide case was also reported in the district recently. Some social organisations and CREDAI has also started counselling sessions for migrant workers to address their problems. Now the government has also started the counselling center, which will help lift the morale of workers. The Supreme Court through a suo motu writ petition had directed the central and state governments to solve the problems faced by migrant workers. The apex court had also said in its order to implement the measures in 15 days. The government has started this counselling center as per the directives of the Supreme Court, in order to stop the migration of labour and help the industries retain a skilled workforce.
Additional Commissioner (Labour) Shailesh Pol said, "We won't stop these workers from returning to their native place. But we would like to know from them why they are leaving. So we will ask them questions about whether they haven't received their wages, whether getting food and other essential items was difficult or any other issues that they might be facing. We would guide them in filling up the online forms too."
The counselling center for migrant workers has been started at the office of Additional Commissioner for Labour. The office is situated at Bungalow number 5 in Wakdewadi, on Old Pune-Mumbai Highway. Additional Commissioner for Labour, Abhay Gite, has been appointed as the center in-charge.