Omar announces package of incentives for labour class

Rs2250 pension for worker dying in harness

GK NEWS NETWORK

Srinagar, Jan 6: In a major relief to the workforce, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Sunday announced a number of incentives for labour class associated with building and other constructions.
 The incentives announced include enhancement of minimum wages, ex-gratia relief, pension from January 2013 and financial assistance to the registered labour classes associated with building and other constructions.
 Some months earlier the Chief Minister had set the Labour Department in motion directing the Building and Other Construction Workers Board (BOCWB) to register in a time bound manner the workers and collect cess for distribution among them.
 This resulted in registration of 1,42,000 workers and collection of Rs 185 crore worth cess for distribution among them as a welfare measure.
 Launching the programme of cess distribution among workers at a function at SKICC here this morning, the Chief Minister said that dignity and satisfaction of workforce was key to faster development and healthy economic growth.
 He said workers are key to growth and development and translating development projects into reality on ground depends upon the work force, an official statement said.
 The Chief Minister said that the decision of launching projects and formulating schemes for infrastructure development will remain on paper only, unless work force convert these into reality by their hard labour.
 “You are the real architect of growth and development and your hands turn the decisions into reality”, he told workers giving complements to them.
 The Chief Minister said that earlier in a meeting held at Srinagar to review the functioning of BOCWB, he had found that the important aspect of delivering welfare measures to the labour classes needed considerable push.
 “As such, I gave instructions of catapulting the registration process and collection of cess for the distribution amongst the workers”, he said, adding that he is happy that much headway has been made in this direction since then. He expressed the hope that the Labour Department and the Board would keep up the pace.
 Meanwhile, by today’s announcement the ex gratia relief has been increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh, minimum wages of unskilled worker from Rs 110 to Rs 150, semi-skilled labour from Rs 150 to Rs 175 and skilled from Rs 200 to Rs. 225.
 The pension initiative announced by the Chief Minister will be Rs 2250 for the deceased worker on ‘death in harness’ basis applicable to employees.
 Emphasizing the need of creating awareness among the workers for registration, the Chief Minister said that entire work force should be registered to ensure their coverage under various welfare schemes.
 He appreciated the efforts of Labour Department in enforcing labour laws and implementing welfare measures aimed at betterment of the labour classes.
 He asked the department to include private companies in the cess collection scheme so that they would also contribute equally with government agencies in the welfare and betterment of labour class.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 6 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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