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Legal Literacy Camp Organised by PEPUS

A legal literacy camp was organized by PEPUS at village Mamai, Kaudihar block, Dist, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh on 19th April 2016.The camp was organised to make aware migrant workers of their rights and entitlements as it is the first step towards work security and empowerment.Mr. Puneet, Program Manager, discussed upon the community participation in dealing with government bodies especially the PRIs.  They must not hesitate to approach the Pradhan and other representatives in taking up serious issues regarding their living conditions. He emphasized that legal counsel is available every month for the resolution of labour disputes at Labour Help Centers. He appealed to the participants to actively participate in the upcoming Gram Sabha Meeting and that they should feel free to express their grievances in front of the PRIs.

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Mr. Hiramani, Block Coordinator addressed the people. He emphasized upon the process of registration with the Labor Department. He stressed upon the choices migrant make—whether to migrate or work locally– must be well thought . He explained that working under MNREGA may provide them comparatively lesser wages  but the registration with the Labour Department becomes easier as the working days are documented. They can benefit from 15 schemes worth 8 lacs in their life time if they are duly registered and regularly renewed at the Labour Department.

Mr. Krishna Kant Tiwari, Block Coordinator stressed upon the need of getting into an official agreement with the employer / contractor before starting work. He dealt upon the concept of Iqrarnamana which is a written justiciable document between the labour and the employer. Getting into agreement would preclude any loss of wages or any infringement of the contract.

Mr. Rajkumar , detailed the legal provisions that cover unorganized labour  especially migrant labourers.  He emphasized the point that the law dictates that the  wages of male and female workers  must be equal  and there should be no discrimination.

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