The Punjab government has implemented a new pension scheme, under which registered construction workers up to the age of 60 years would be benefited. There are 1.5 lakh construction workers in the state.
Punjab labour minister Chunni Lal Bhagat said construction workers of the Punjab Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, who have completed 60 years of age and enrolled with the board since five years, would get Rs 4,000 pension per annum; Rs 6,000 per annum for 10 years; Rs 8,000 (15 years) and Rs 10,000 per annum for 20 years.
Bhagat stated that under this new health insurance scheme, construction worker could avail free treatment up to Rs 1.5 lakh. He said this scheme would be cashless in private hospitals, while in government hospitals, there was provision to compensate the expenditure incurred on treatment.
The minister said officials had been instructed to effectively implement the Punjab Building and other Construction Workers Act, 1996, so that more and more workers could avail welfare schemes.