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Consultations and Training Programs Back

A consultation was organized at ISI with eleven organizations on 3rd November 2016 to discuss the problems faced by migrants in various unorganized sectors. Fr. Martin, Coordinator, Labour and Migration Unit shared an action plan for sensitizing the unorganized workers. He also suggested some group interventions by organizations to work on immediate issues of the unorganised sector. The suggested areas of collaboration included Formation of the Migrant groups, Migrants Help desk, Advocacy with Labour department, Awareness for migrant workers on rights, Health camps, Formation of Construction workers and labour cards.
The unit also organized some training programs for migrant workers from Assam on 11th and 20th November 2016 for migrants from Odisha at Indian Social Institute, Bangalore. Around seventy migrants from Assam and fifty from Odisha employed in the unorganized sector, especially in Garments, Marble/Tiles industry, small machinery making, security guards, painting industry and others, participated in the program.
Another training program was conducted on health and general check up for sixty-five migrant workers in Kerala on 26th November 2016. It was jointly organised by Loyola College, Trivandrum and Indian Social Institute, Bangalore. The classes were conducted in Hindi language and the session was followed by a general medical checkup by doctors. The program provided free lab tests to the migrant laborers.

A training programme was jointly organized by Indian Social Institute, Bangalore and APSA (Association for Promoting Social Action) on 7th December 2016 to sensitize the construction workers who had migrated from Northern parts of Karnataka, especially from Bellary, Raichur, Koppal, and few from Hyderabad. They had been staying near railway lines in makeshift homes hastily built from scraps for the last five years. During the interaction Mr. Richard, Program Manager at ISI, Bangalore explained the schemes and benefits like health coverage, medical assistance and scholarship for worker children, which they were entitled to. The audience was also enlightened on some specific entitlements for women construction workers.
Post discussion Mr. Eshwar Patil from APSA gave the guidelines and information on the Slum Rehabilitation Act and the covert role of the local governing body that forces the migrants to destitution by robbing them of their dwelling places.

A training programme was organised for the migrant workers who live in Jigani in Bangalore on 11th December 2016. The program started with the Hindi Mass presided by Fr. Anthony followed by an introduction by Fr Guntipally. Mr. Richard, then, gave the training and information on various schemes like Provident Fund, Employee State Insurance, Sukanya Samradhi scheme and many others. The institute plans to follow this development and assist the migrant workers in procuring Aadhar Card so that they can avail various benefits that they are rightfully entitled to.
The unit also held two consultations among NGOs on the issue of working with migrant workers, seven training programs on the rights and entitlements of migrant workers and two gatherings of migrants on the occasion of Christmas to continue its avowed aim of interventionist activism.

Richard Gonsalves
Programme Manager,
Labour and Migration Unit