DAINIK NATION BUREAU
In a bid to facilitate the construction workers, the State Government has decided to double the housing loan amount i.e. Rs one lakh from existing Rs 50,000. This decision was taken in the meeting of Construction workers welfare board at Vidhan Sabha today. Talking to media, state labour minister Harak Singh Rawat disclosed this after the meeting.
Rawat said that government also decided to increase the monthly pension of these workers from Rs 1000 to Rs 1500 per month. The share of the beneficiary for construction of toilets under the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan of any construction worker would be borne by the board. To provide better future to their ward, the board has decided that 50 percent of the fees of their children, who are undergoing medical, paramedical and nursing training, will be paid by them.
A monthly payment of Rs 5000 and Rs 10000 respectively would be made for the children selected to play in State level and national sporting event. If they get selected in state level Maharana Pratap Sports College, then they would get Rs 5000 as stipend and Rs 10000 if get selected in national Sports College, Patiala as stipend.
All the construction workers registered under Workman Act-1966 would be provided these benefits. More than two lakh workers are working in construction related activities including government buildings, roads, MNREGA, irrigation canals, hydro power projects, all weather roads, Public Works Department (PWD) and others.
The workers who work for 90 days in a year are entitled to get register themselves under the act and 1 percent of total cost of the project is to be deposited to the welfare board as fee.
The meeting was also attended by secretary HS Chug. Additional Secretary Finance Arjun Singh, Additional Secretary Law Mahesh Kaushiba, labour commissioner Anand Srivastava and board members including Man Singh, Vijay Nagar, Shashi Bala and Shailesh Gusain.