Welfare measures for labourers announced
The Delhi government on Tuesday announced a slew of welfare measures for construction workers, including hospitals and temporary accommodations.
Delhi Labour minister Gopal Rai said the government is planning for schools and crèches for the children of migrant labourers in the city.
The minister also said that the areas which have large concentrations of such workers will be identified to provide the facilities.
“We will identify spots where hostels for migrant labourers will be built. This will also stop illegal settlements in the city,” said Rai.
“The Delhi government has Rs 1,883 crore in the welfare fund for construction workers, but only Rs 60 crore has been spent till now,” he said.
He also said that the government has decided to set-up urinals and potable water facilities at every labour chowk in the city.
“Every labour chowk will be facilitated with potable water and urinal units. The government has decided to build primary schools, and Mohalla Clinics in all locations where labourers reside and the first priority will be given to their children,” Rai said.
To improve the educational quality of labourers’ children, the government has decided to set-up a Pratibha Academy in every ward. The academy will select the students on the basis of their quality and will be <g data-gr-id="41">awarded with</g> further opportunities. “We have decided to set-up <g data-gr-id="33">Aganwadi</g> <g data-gr-id="39">centers</g> and Aam Aadmi Canteens in various locations of the city,” Rai added. Apart from this, keeping in view the need of workers and their financial constraints, the government has also announced to increase the amount in as many as 14 welfare schemes for construction workers.
For instance, the government, so far, provides an amount of Rs 100 to Rs 5,000 per month for education which has been increased to Rs 500 to 10,000. The Rs 1,000 monthly pension has been increased to Rs 3,000. Likewise, the permanent disability allowance has been increased from Rs 25,000 to Rs 1 lakh.