Separate buses for garment workers soon

An exclusive BMTC bus service for women garment workers will be launched from this month in Bengaluru, said Minister of State for Labour P T Parameshwara Naik.


Speaking with mediapersons here on Friday, he said that as many as 200 buses would be used for the purpose and the routes had been already identified.

The minister said that the factory management had agreed to pay an amount of Rs 1,000 towards the monthly travel allowance of garment workers but the BMTC had sought Rs 1,050. A decision would be taken soon in this regard, he said.

Replying to a question, Naik said that Rs 900 crore had been spent for the welfare of the working class by the Labour Welfare Board.

The board, which is in existence since 2007, has received Rs 2,700 crore from the government. “The previous BJP government did nothing for the welfare of the labour class. But our government has drawn lot of programmes,” he claimed.

Asked whether he was aware of the fact that the Tata Consultancy Service had sought the government’s permission to terminate as many as 5,000 employees, the minister stated that the subject did not come under his purview.

Replying to another question, Naik said that the possible release of former minister Janardhana Reddy from the jail and his return to Ballari politics would not change the political scenario there, he added.
DH News Service

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