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Vidarbha Industries clarifies wages of Mathadi workers

Steel News - Published on Tue, 02 Jan 2018

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Vidarbha Industries Association has clarified wages for Mathadi workers, for handling of steel material at railway siding, are highest in the entire country, and, these are extortionist rates, being the rates brought due to political muscle power and bureaucratic apathy.

VIA further said that High Court, Nagpur Bench, took suomotu, cognizance of illegalities being operating in the Mathadi system, by way of PIL, after it set right the similar sinister system prevailing in the FCI. The Lawyer for the Board, himself has admitted in the Court, that wages are in the range of INR 50,000 to INR 60,000 per month.

VIA has further stated that the entire working is fully mechanised, and the Mathadi workers are not required to carry the load on their head or shoulders; the visit to railway siding would prove the same.

It has said that the salary is for working for couple of hours in a day and few days in the month.

The report obtained by the VIA from the professional Cost Accountant shows that the per tonne wages should in the range of INR 0.70 paisa to couple of rupees. While the rates fixed by the Mathadi Board are from the range of INR 74 /- to INR 128 per tonne, which are several hundred times more than the minimum wages.

VIA said that such wages are not drawn even by the top officer in the rank of Cabinet Secretary to the Government.

The employers have obtained the report from the National Productivity Council, a Government of India organization, that 8 to 20 of workers are required to handle one rail rake for vacating the steel material, while the Board is deputing 80 to 180 workers, each of whom work for 30 minutes to two hours.

The working of amount, based on the report of Mathadi Board, which has been filed in the Court, would demonstrate inferences.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Tue, 02 Jan 2018
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