Kozhikode: Noted writer M T Vasudevan Nair said that more organizations like the Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society (ULCCS) should come up in diverse fields of the state.
Speaking after releasing Malayalam version the book – ‘Building Alternatives – The Story of India’s Oldest Construction Workers Cooperative’, ‘Janakeeyabadalukalude Nirmithi: Uralungal Society Anubhavam’ based on ULCCS at the Tagore Centenary Hall here on Sunday, he said that the journey of the workers’ cooperative from a small firm floated by a group of labourers to become a major player in construction sector is a milestone in the state’s history.
“We often complain about lack of capital and technology. But ULCCS, which has been part of the state’s renaissance movement, has shown us that we can create history despite all those constraints. The society has managed to bring together diverse talents in unimaginable ways and its success is replete with tales of self-dedication, hard work and perseverance,” Nair said.
Finance minister T M Thomas Isaac said that more firms like ULCCS should come up in the state and set new benchmarks in quality and integrity as the government was planning to invest around Rs 50,000 crore for infrastructure projects.
“ULCCS is an answer to clear the misconceptions in the society about labourers,” he said.
The Malayalam translation of the book on ULCCS co-authored by Isaac and Prof Michelle Williams from South Africa, has been published by the Kerala Sahitya Akademi.
Akademi chairman and writer Vaisakhan presided over the function. Mayor Thottathil Raveendran, A. Pradeep Kumar, M.K. Muneer, and C.K. Nanu, MLAs, were also present.
ULCCS, the state’s first labour cooperative formed by a group of labourers at Vadakara in 1925, has emerged as one of the largest cooperative societies in Asia and it has ventured into diverse areas like construction, IT, education, tourism, etc.