The Labour Department in Kurseong today began a ‘shramik-mela’ (fair for labourers) at the Park-Location Community hall in Kurseong to make labourers and other general public aware of of the different programmes and facilities being provided by the government through various government departments.
People and labour representatives in large numbers from different sectors, including tea estates under the Kurseong sub-division, attended today’s programme, where several government departments and non-government organizations are also participating. The government and the organizations have put up information booths and counters at the programme.
“We are organizing the fair in the initiative of the government and its labour department,” assistant labour commissioner, Kurseong, Neil Chettri, said. Talking to reporters, he added that Kurseong MLA Dr Rohit Sharma inaugurated the ‘shramik mela’ today.
Apart from spreading awareness about the labour department and its programmes and facilities, Dr Sharma also emphasized on skilled development programmes. “I will take up measures to introduce and implement different skill-development programmes for the interest of the workers and people living at different places in the Hills,” he said. Kurseong municipality chairman Krishna Limboo said the government has been providing different programmes and facilities to daily workers and labourers.
“But due to lack of proper knowledge and awareness on the matter, the workers have been facing different problems in their normal life. Hence, not only the labourers, all the general public should be aware of the different aspects of the different government program.” he said. The other participants of the programme include Childline Kurseong, Health Department- Kurseong and ICDSKurseong.