NEW DELHI: Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Shri Ajay Maken said that due to the faulty implementation of demonetization, the sword of unemployment has been hanging over the heads of 48.63 lakh unorganized/informal workforce in Delhi, and due to that a large number of migrant labour have fled Delhi to their homes.
Ajay Maken said that the 48.63 lakh unorganized/informal workforce in Delhi consist of first-generation migrant labour. He said after the faulty implementation of demonetization, reverse migration has begun in Delhi, and lakhs of labour have already returned to their homes, and 10 to 15,000 labourers are returning to their homes from Delhi every day, which is stalling development works in Delhi.
He said labour in the unorganized/informal sector is the real lifeline of Delhi, who sustains and keeps the city going. They are the providers of affordable services and labour. Besides Shri Ajay Maken, others present at the press conference were ex-MP Shri Mahabal Mishra, Shri Chattar Singh, Delhi Poorvanchal Congress chairman Shri Shivji Singh, Delhi Parvatiya Congress chairman Shri Brijmohan Upreti and Delhi South Indian Congress chairman Shri R. Mani Naidu.
Shri Maken said he had written a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal on 9 December, 2016, bringing to his attention the unemployment spectre looming large over the 48.63 lakh unorganized/informal workforce in Delhi due to the faulty implementation of demonetization, and their reverse migration on account of that, and had urged the CM to take steps to stop the reverse migration of this informal work force before it assumes a point of no return.
Quoting the NSSO survey on Employment, Maken said that as per the 68th Round between the year 2011-2012, the working population of Delhi was 57.06 lakhs. “The data of Directorate of Employment, Delhi Government reveals that the total number of workers in the organised sector was 8.43 Lakh in 2009.