Labour dept to set up holiday homes in Santiniketan, Maithon
Kolkata: The state Labour department is setting up two more holiday homes at premier tourist destinations — Santiniketan and Maithon. This will be in addition to the existing five holiday homes of the department located in Digha, Darjeeling, Bakkhali, Gangtok and Puri.
"We have upgraded the infrastructure of the five holiday homes, which were in shambles during the Left Front regime. They have been given the shapes of proper guest houses and have air conditioning facilities," state Labour minister Moloy Ghatak said.
Ghatak said the land for setting up the two new facilities has already been selected. "The holiday home that will come up at Maithon is within the area of the Forest department. We are waiting for the clearance of the Ministry of Environment & Forest," he added.
He maintained that the revenue for the department after upgrading the infrastructure has already doubled. The charges for the holiday homes vary from Rs 20 to 100, per head.
Ghatak was speaking on the sidelines of West Bengal Labour Welfare Fund (Amendment) Bill 2017 that was passed at the state Assembly on Thursday. The Bill will empower the Labour Welfare Board to fix the rates of contribution payable by the employees, employer and the government in the Labour Welfare Fund. Till now, whenever such rates were fixed, the matter had to be brought before the state assembly. It has been learnt that the state government has plans to waive the contribution of the labourers in the Welfare Fund.
The department has also renovated a number of Labour Welfare Centres that host various programmes for the labourers.
The Centre at Kankurgachi, which was christened as Utsav Mancha by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has occupancy of 450 and has a state-of -the art infrastructure. The department has 51 such centres across the state among which 23 have been upgraded as model centres.