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Respect, Recognise and Appreciate the hard work of labourers : Shamim Ahmed

The dedication and discipline of our countless workers continue to build our Country and lay the foundation for India. They are our true Nation builders. On the occasion of Labour’s Day which is celebrated on the 1st of May every year the National President and International Convener of Human Rights Protection Association, Mr. Shamim Ahmed expresses his gratitude to all the workers be it intellectual or manual labourers and said that these workers are the ones who create wealth for the Nation. They are our valuable assets and we should respect, recognize, appreciate and honour their hard work. In India Labours’ day is also referred to as ‘Antarashtriya Shramik Diwas’ or ‘Kamrgar Din.’ The origin of the day dates back to 19th century when trade unionists, socialists and communists in the U.S demanded better working conditions, timings and wages for the labourers. They sought an eight hour movement where only eight hours in a day would be utilized for work, eight hours for recreation and eight hours for rest. In India, the concept of Labours’ Day was introduced by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan. Its leader Comrade Singaravelar first led celebrations on the occasion in Madras (now Chennai) on May 1, 1923 by holding two meetings, one on Triplicane beach and the other on the beach opposite the Madras High Court. The party passed a resolution stating that the Government should grant workers a National holiday on 1st of May. Mr. Shamim Ahmed also expresses his concern over the fact that in India we still have labourers who do not have access to proper three square meals. A labourer who cooks delicious food for others lacks proper eatables in his own house. A labourer who works hard to build palatial houses for others are living in cramped, dingy homes themselves. Therefore, instead of just giving holidays on Labour’s day its time we come forward and do something worthwhile for them. Just like we think about the well being of our families and relatives so should we think about the welfare of the labour class people and render help to them in every possible way that we can so that atleast they may be able to attain proper living standards for themselves and their families. Instead of just celebrating a holiday on 1st of May, let us pledge that we shall help the workers starting right from those who are employed in our houses. Mr. Ahmed is of the opinion that we are all inter-dependant on each other, we need manual and intellectual labourer everyday everywhere in our lives so as responsible citizens of the Country we should stand with each other, think about one another and strive to make life better for all those who are not privileged enough like us to have access to all the amenities in life.