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90% labour welfare targets completed in two years: Gopal Rai

Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai on Friday presented the report card of his departments ahead of the AAP government's second anniversary and said 90 percent targets set up under 'Shramik Vikas Mission', which was launched two years ago, have been achieved.

"The success rate for objectives under Shramik Vikas Mission, which we launched two years back, has been 90 per cent. We hiked minimum wages of labourers to Rs 14,052 in Delhi but unfortunately the file was sent back to the department by the LG," Rai said.

The minister said that after the minimum wages file was returned, the government formed a new committee to do away with the discrepancies. The committee sat seven times since it was formed and officers were working very hard to get the proposal passed. "With the new committee, it is expected that the minimum wages hike shall be implemented by the end of this month. Post approval of minimum wage hike scheme, an implementation monitoring team will be set up to keep a check," Rai added.

The minister said that the government did a lot for the labourers, farmers and the development of mandis.

"We approved the revision of minimum wages by about 50 per cent in the national Capital. After approval, the minimum wages in Delhi for unskilled workers will increase from Rs 9,568 to Rs 14,052 per month, for semi-skilled workers it will rise from Rs 10,582 to Rs 15,471, and for skilled workers from Rs 11,622 to Rs 17,033," he said.

The government started a helpline 155214 for the grievance redressal of the labourers, and received 25,563 complaints in two years. "The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's fast-track courts for labour grievances continue to deliver time-bound rulings as they settled 1,135 cases in two years. We made processes like those for getting licences simpler for employers or factory owners."

"We have formulated a five-member committee to work on a proposal for health insurance for Delhi's construction labour. We distributed over Rs 90 crore to farmers as compensation," the minister said.

"The Delhi government's development department has taken major steps for modernising the mandis in Delhi. The Delhi government's Rural Development Board is working on various projects worth Rs 326 crore for Delhi villages," Rai said.
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