NEW DELHI: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who is trying to tap the country’s 49 crore strong unorganised sector workforce, said India could outperform China’s economic powerhouse Shenzhen by linking Mumbai’s mega-slum Dharavi to tech-city Bengaluru.
Rahul also picked holes in PM Modi’s “Smart City” initiative, saying the premier was building them from the scratch as he was blind to the potential of integrating existing smart cities like Surat in Gujarat with latest technology.
“Shenzhen was the Dharavi of China. It is now overtaking Silicon Valley as their govt linked it to technology. Let's link Dharavi to Bangalore and India's unorganized workers will outcompete China,” Rahul said while addressing the first national convention of the All India Unorganised Workers’ Congress(AIUWC).
Rahul recently created the new department with an eye to tap India’s huge workforce which slogs in the unorganised sector as he believes the segment could be a game changer for the party in the 2019 national polls.
“The future of Indian Politics is reflected and incubated in the All India Unorganized Workers Congress which we are launching today,” he said.
Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said the party would give voice to the unorganised sector workers who were often at the receiving end of police brutality.
“We must end police abuse against unorganized workers. Congress, in instituting AIUWC, is giving the brutalised backbone of Delhi's economy the voice, identification and platform to combat this and be empowered,” said Maken.
AIUWC president Arvind Singh pledged to ensure a dedicated officer for daily wagers and migrant labourers at the block level while his deputy Irfan Alam said electricians, barbers, motor mechanics and other unorganized workers will be certified so that their skills and talents are recognised.
“The department would also harness cutting edge security to crowd source recommendations and evaluations of government policies, schemes and interventions,” Alam said, adding that “socio-economic benefits of unorganized workers like domestic helpers and chauffeurs are underappreciated and under-theorised. Yet they benefit every aspect of our lives from cradle to grave.”