UP: Akhilesh launches pension, food schemes for labourers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: May 02, 2016 11:20 IST
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav having lunch with labourers on International Labour Day, in Lucknow on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday promised to perform better if the people gave him a second term in the 2017 elections.

“If given an opportunity, I will perform better,” he said while launching a pension scheme and a pilot project to provide subsidised food for labourers on International Labour Day here.

The subsidised food would be available to labourers for Rs 10 per meal at four construction sites of Lucknow.

Yadav also partook lunch with labourers at the construction site of the new secretariat building and listened to their problems.

He said the scheme to provide Rs 1,000 per month pension would benefit labourers of 60 years and above. “The scheme also provides for family pension in case of death of the pensioner. The insurance for labourers has also been increased,” Yadav said.

He said his government was serious about resolving the problems of labourers. “Socialists always respected the working class,” he said.

Yadav later distributed pension cheques to 100 labourers and 1,000 bicycles to other labourers and said the bicycles were for labourers to commute between their residences and work places. He said about 4 lakh labourers had benefited from the scheme till now.

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