MANGALORE: Bharathiya Mazdoor Sangh(BMS) has urged Karnataka chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda to announce special package for labourers in the upcoming budget of 2012-13. A delegation led by BMS state president K Ramakrishna Poonja met the CM and submitted a memorandum in this regard.

BMS district president K Vishwanath Shetty, who was a part of the delegation, told reporters here on Saturday that the government should announce a special package to improve the social and economic status of labourers in the state.

“Our major demand is that the minimum wage for labourers in the organized and unorganized sectors should be above Rs 10,000 and this should be announced in the budget. The system of hiring labourers on contract should be abolished completely. The government should announce that no companies will be allowed to continue hiring labourers on contract basis after April 1, 2013,” he said.

Citing the example of legislation passed by Tamil Nadu government, Vishwanath demanded that those contract labourers, who completed 480 days of work in two years, should be absorbed as permanent staff in that organization.

(TOI, Mangalore)