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Labourers to have a place to stay in city

Labourers to have a place to stay in city
Delhi Government on Friday cleared a number of projects, totaling Rs 1,136 crore, which included a building of over 7,500 rooms for providing temporary accommodation to construction labourers.

The projects, to be implemented under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewable Mission, were approved at a meeting of state-level Steering Committee on JNNURM presided by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

The Chief Minister said Rs 906 crore will be spent on construction of 7,672 rooms, having dormitory facilities for stay of labourers involved in major infrastructure and building projects.

The committee also approved a housing project under which 3,600 dwelling units will be built in Kanjhawala for economically weaker section, at an estimated cost of Rs 229.83 crore.

Officials said government decided to provide accomodation to workers, who come from all over the country, as there is shortage of affordable accommodation near the construction sites which has been forcing them to put up in slums.

The dormitories will be given to firms and contractors on rental basis for the stay of migrant workers.

Officials said a total of 3,052 rooms will be constructed at Kanjhawala under two separate projects while another 4,620 rooms will be built in Samaspur area.

They said vocational and skill development training will be imparted to the labourers during their stay in the dormitories.

The project to construct 3,600 dwelling units will be implemented by Delhi Government’s premier infrastructure development agency DSIIDC while tenders will be floated for construction of dormitory rooms.

The Committee also gave ex-post facto approval to DMRC for purchase of 228 non-air-conditioned mini feeder buses.

Earlier, approval was given for purchase of air conditioned mini feeder buses. The 228 mini buses would be deployed to provide an effective transport link for passengers between metro stations to and fro nearby colonies.

The meeting was attended by all Delhi Government ministers, Mayor of south Delhi MCD and a number of MLAs.


HIKE IN MINIMUM WAGES OF WORKERS


Delhi government on Friday effected marginal hike in minimum wages for various categories of skilled and unskilled workers in the city. The new rates will be applicable from 1 October to all 29 scheduled employment categories notified by the government. Labour Minister A K Walia said monthly minimum wages of unskilled labourers have been increased from Rs 7,020 to Rs 7,254 while the monthly wage has been raised to Rs 8,008 from Rs 7,748 for semi-skilled labourers.

The daily wages for unskilled labourers has gone up from Rs 270 to 279 while in respect of semi skilled workers the daily wages has been fixed at Rs 308 against earlier Rs 298.In respect of skilled labourers, the minimum salary has been increased to Rs 8,814 from existing Rs 8,528. The wages in respect of clerical and non-technical supervisory staff have also been increased.

While the wages in respect of matriculates but not graduates has been increased from Rs 8,528 to Rs 8,814 the same for educated workers - graduates and above - has been increased from Rs 9,282 to Rs 9,594.

Walia said Delhi Government has been regularly revising the minimum wages after making necessary adjustment of dearness allowance in tune with inflationary trends.

He claimed that Delhi Government has been providing highest minimum wages in the country.
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