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Govt considers pension to labourers

HTCorrespondent, Hindustan Times  Nawahshahr, December 11, 2013
First Published: 23:15 IST(11/12/2013) | Last Updated: 23:18 IST(11/12/2013)

The Punjab government is considering pension to building and other construction work labourers after the attainment of 60 years of age and having five years regular enrollment through Punjab Building and Other Construction Works Labourers Welfare Board.

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Revealing this on Wednesday, labour commissioner Punjab Harbhupinder Singh Nanda said that medical assistance and other facilities would also be given to the labourers registered with board.

Nanda while disbursing cheques worth Rs. 40, 40, 300 to 1,038 labourers under welfare board fund, said that board currently providing ex-gratia grant, shagun scheme, monetary assistance for cremation, LTC, scholarships and other benefits regularly after registering the labourer having at least 90 days work in construction field at a nominal fee of Rs. 25 one time and subscription of Rs. 10 per month.

Deputy commissioner Anindita Mitra while stressing the need of awareness of the scheme, said that previous year, an amount of Rs. 18 lakh was disbursed under the scheme. DC Mitra applauded the services of NGO HelpLine led by Harmesh Bharti for creating awareness among the construction labourers about the scheme.

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