THE STATE Government will constitute another welfare board for workers in the unorganised sector both in rural and urban areas. The new board will work on the same lines as the board working for the welfare of construction workers for the past three years.
The new board will mainly cover farm workers in rural areas and domestic workers in urban areas, Labour Minister Jagdish Devda said at a press conference here on Tuesday. He said the Chief Minister had already allocated Rs 50 lakh for the new board and further formalities would be completed soon before the new board starts functioning.
Talking about the welfare board working for construction workers, he said that such boards were functioning only in three States including Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh.
Stating that 93 per cent of construction workers were from the unorganised sector, he said out of 10 lakh construction workers, more than 1,60,000 had so far been registered by the Board.
He further said all construction workers between 18 to 60 years of age were covered under the schemes of the Board including insurance scheme, scheme for financial assistance during pregnancy, stipend scheme for their children, awards for meritorious students, financial assistance scheme for marriage of daughters, medical assistance scheme and financial assistance for performing last rites in the event of death.
He, however, admitted that a large number of construction workers had not registered themselves with the Board and said an awareness fortnight would be organised from January 15 to reach out to maximum construction workers with the Board’s schemes and get them registered.