Members of the Lok Sabha on Thursday pressed for a legislation to improve the working condition of workers in the unorganised sector.
Cutting across party lines, the members also charged that globalisation had worsened the plight of workers in the sector.
Initiating a four-hour debate that continued till late in the evening, Devendra Prasad Yadav of the RJD drew the attention of the government to the alleged harassment meted out to cycle rickshaw-pullers in Delhi.
Yadav charged that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi imposed heavy fines on rickshaw pullers for petty traffic violations. These fines, Yadav said, was much more than what they can afford.
"They are fined anything from Rs 326 to Rs 500. Car drivers who commit similar offences are let off with a Rs-100 challan. If the rickshaw pullers fail to pay the fine within 15 days, their rickshaws are seized and sold off as scrap to generate revenue for the Corporation," he alleged.
Seeking an urgent legislation to protect the rights of these workers, the RJD member said it was necessary to improve the lot of over 37 crore workers involved in this sector.
Yadav pointed out that these workers had no pension or health benefits.
Several other members pressed for the implementation of recommendations of a large number of Commissions and Committees on the unorganised sector. They also sought insurance cover for the unorganised sector.
Madhusudan Mistry of the Congress said labour departments must get greater share in the allocation of funds.