Shillong: Meghalaya Domestic Workers Movement, Meghalaya & Greater Shillong Progressive Hawkers and Street Vendors Association, Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR) and Social Accountability Forum for Action and Research (SAFAR) will be organising a public hearing on the implementation of ex-gratia relief of Rs 2,100 and Rs 5,000.

This relief is in the form of income support for unorganized sector workers adversely affected by the pandemic (under the scheme called Chief Minister’s Relief Against Wage Loss (CRAWL) and for workers registered with Meghalaya Building And Other Construction Workers Board.

The public hearing will be held on Friday, December 10, from 10 am onwards at Cathedral Hall, Laitumukhrah, Shillong. 

A panel consisting of Justice Madan J Lokur, retired Justice of the Supreme Court of India, retired Indian Ambassador and Diplomat Rudi Warjri, former chairperson of Meghalaya Commission for Child Rights Meena Kharkongor, Social Development Consultant of Meghalaya Society for Social Audit and Transparency Aitinora Myrthong, Nikhil Dey, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, and civil society member Rev. Kyrsoibor Pyrtuh will preside over the public hearing.

TUR leader Angela Rangad said, “Multiple complaints have been filed. Most of the aggrieved persons are daily wage earners striving for their survival during these difficult pandemic lockdowns, and are scattered across the state and unable to approach the government individually.”

“The labour department and the office of the Chief Secretary have been specially invited to participate in the hearing so that they too have an opportunity to share relevant information and respond to the grievances, the TUR said.

The association has also urged all citizens concerned about transparency and accountability to participate in the hearing and especially invite aggrieved persons to make their voices heard through this hearing. For more information on how to participate, one can call 9863097754 , 9774776743.

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