BENGALURU (Metro Rail News): Despite strict mandates from the Govt of Karnataka along with the Centre thousands of building workers contracted to work on the extension of the Bengaluru metro rail network have not got their payment for Feb & March 2020.
During the nationwide lockdown, this has driven to the shortage of severe food and deteriorated living situations with the majority of workers who have moved from different cities highlighted a detailed report provided by Maraa, a media and arts collective Bengaluru-based.
Maraa observed that the staff work for 7 days a week around twelve hours every day along with this they work half-days on Sunday. If they don’t serve, their wages are cut. The workers earn Rs 300 for eight hrs of work and Rs 500 for twelve hrs every month, the workers get Rs 13,000-15000 per month. Maraa mentioned in a report.
Some of the companies for that these workers work through subcontracting are Simplex, L&T, IVRCL, URC and ITD. Without any payment, these workers are bound to beat the cost of food ration out of that salary even a part of their salary is deducted on account of the nationwide lockdown. The builders have executed no arrangements the report declared.
It is also mentioned that in light of basic health precautions like social distancing, masks etc. as prescribed by medical guidelines, the living conditions of labour colonies were observed to be sub-standard. Every room in the colony houses 10-15 workers. Social distancing is not possible to practice in these confines.