Punjab to revise construction labourers' welfare schemes
The Punjab government today decided to increase the amount of pension scheme ex-gratia grant and the LTC to keep pace with the rise in the inflation.
State Labour Welfare Minister Chunni Lal Bhagat said here the state government has taken a policy decision to revise all the schemes pertaining to the welfare of construction workers and to increase the reach of the scheme.
It was observed that the monetary help being provided to the construction labourers' under the present welfare schemes is meagre and was not keeping pace with the rise in the inflation, he said.
Divulging the detail, Mr Bhagat said the state government has been providing ex gratia amount of Rs 1 lakh in the case of death or 100 per cent handicap, whereas Rs 50,000 in case of partial handicap and Rs 2,000 as LTC at the gap of four year.
The construction worker having registration with the board since five year has been given a annual pension of Rs 4,000 similarly Rs 10,000 to the worker registered with the board for 20 years or more.
The Minister said the department has also providing annual scholarship for the children of construction workers studding from class 1 up to the higher education, ranging from Rs 2,000 to 50,000.
Similarly, Shagun of Rs 21,000 is given during the marriage of the daughter of construction worker.
The Minister said the amount given in these welfare schemes is meager as compare to the inflation.
(Posted on 28-05-2014)