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Welfare board for domestic workers

mumbai Updated: Apr 06, 2011 01:21 IST
HT Correspondent

The state government will form welfare boards for domestic workers and construction site workers to offer various facilities to the labour class.

This was announced by state labour minister Hasan Mushrif during the discussion on the hapless situation of unorganised labour in the state.

"These welfare boards will be constituted in a month and we will give medical and pension facilities to these people," said Mushrif.

The facilities include scholarships to children of these labourers, paying wages during maternity leave, free health care and pension facility.

There are 4.12 crore labourers in the state, of which, 3.74 crore work in the unorganised sector with hardly any welfare facilities.

The state has levied a 1% cess on all the construction projects for the benefit of the workers and till date Rs 98 crore have been collected till date.

The issue was raised in the legislative council by Congress MLC Manikrao Thakre who rued the pitiable condition of this class.

"The people working in the unorganised sector are the most neglected though they play a significant role in our lives. It is the duty of the state to provide relief and help them," said Thakre.

Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe wanted the state to go beyond making announcements. "Just constituting welfare boards will not help these people. Welfare measures should be implemented," said Gorhe.

The Maharashtra Chambers of Housing Industry (MCHI) reacted with caution.

"We are only worried that the benefits should reach the actual people and not be diverted," said Sunil Mantri, president, MCHI.