Labour Day observed in Odisha

KalingaTV News Network

Bhubaneswar: Many organisations including the state government organised several programme to mark the Labour Day across Odisha today.

The Labour Department of the state government organised a special programme at Jaydev Bhawan here. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik attended the programme as chief guest and felicitated four eminent trade union leaders – Bidyadhar Barik, Ramesh Chandra Jena, Srinivas Rao and Jatindra Nath Ray with ‘Biju Shramika Bandhu Award’ for their service to the society.

The CM also launched five initiatives for the benefits of the labourforce. The five initiatives are ‘Shramika Sarathi’, ‘Shuna Shramika’, ‘Online Benefit Module for BOC Workers’, ‘Nirmanshramika.com’, ‘IEC Material for 45 days Campaign Against Child Labour’.

This apart, Patnaik also released Annual Report of Odisha Building & Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board and Shram Kalyan bulletin.

On this occasion, Patnaik also expressed his gratitude to the labourers in Odia. He said that the development of a nation and society gets expedited only due to hard work. On the occasion of the Labour Day, we are grateful to all the labourers who take all hardships to make our lives easy.

Patnaik also assured the labourers to make them part of the development of the state and protect their rights.

Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik also created a sand art dedicating to every labourer. “Wish you all happy Labour Day. My salute to work force for the Nation building,” he said.

The Labour Day is observed to celebrate the achievements of the daily workers. The Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

In India, the first Labour Day was observed at Marina Beach in Chennai in 1923.

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