‘48 lakh unorganised workers affected by demonetisation’
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President Ajay Maken said on Sunday that due to the faulty implementation of demonetisation, the sword of unemployment is hanging over the heads of 48.63 lakh-strong unorganised and informal workforce in Delhi and due to that a large number of migrant labourers have fled Delhi to their homes.
Maken said the Delhi Poorvanchali Congress will hold a “Palayan Roko March” from Jantar Mantar to Parliament House on December 24 to highlight the plight of the migrant labour force due to the faulty implementation of demonetisation.
“48.64 lakh workers in the unorganised sector in Delhi are on the verge of losing their employment. The government should immediately provide Rs 5,000 to each of these workers, which is around 50 per cent of minimum wages, as unemployment allowance,” he said.
“It is because of this unorganised workforce Delhi sustains itself. They are the providers of affordable services and labour. In a way, they are the real lifeline of the national capital,” Maken said.
Maken said that the fallout of demonetisation has been “unemployment or under employment”. There has been “88 to 90 per cent drop” in retail sales and around “80 per cent production” has also been affected, he claimed.
He also asked the government to consult associations of small-scale industries, civil contractors, builders’ associations and other employers to help the workers and prevent “reverse migration”.