(50,000 Insurance Dedicated to Registered Construction Workers)
Punjab labour department has approved a health insurance scheme of Rs. 50,000 for construction labourers and their families. Under the scheme will be covered the construction labourers and four members of their family.
The state appointed Labour Minister, Mr.BhagathChunniLal approved a set of welfare schemes for the workers involved in construction work. The minister had a meeting with Punjab Building and other construction Workers Welfare Board to discuss these welfare schemes before approving them.
In context of CWP 4748 of 2012, and according to the directions of Honourable Punjab and Haryana high court, the state decided to address the issues pertaining to increasing the registration of construction labour and speeding up the execution of the welfare schemes approved by the board. The court has asked to review the registration of the construction workers. A decision was made to set up camps by the regional officers who are responsible to co-ordinate with the State Legal Services Authority.
The Labour Department of Punjab has decided to work on a campaign that will enable maximum number of labours to get registered. The health insurance scheme will be in operation with the co-ordination of the Punjab Health System Corporation. The medical treatment for the construction labours and their families will be provided through the dispensaries run by PHBC.
The chairman has also announced a scheme which helps the early detection of the disease “SILICOSIS”, which is unfortunately common among the labour involved in construction work at various sites. The scheme would deploy a van with necessary equipment to approach the construction sites and conduct necessary tests which would help the early detection of the disease. The state has also announced a scheme which provides a financial aid of Rs. 20,000 for differently-abled and mentally-ill children of the construction labour.
The state government has also drafted a scheme to improve the quality of the labour work by setting up skill development centres. Four of these centres will be operating in Amritsar, Mohali, Jalandhar and Ludhiana. These centres will soon be operating in co-ordination with Technical Education Department and Construction. The Punjab Police Housing Corporation will be responsible for the construction of these centres.
The state has decided to send the detailed copies of the welfare schemes to the Panchayath department. This will help the state to communicate with the construction workers in the rural areas and help them to register and access the welfare benefits. The drafts of these welfare schemes will be published in the Punjab government magazines and the copies of the welfare schemes were sent to the Board of Co-operation department as well.
A proposal introduced by Mr.Viswajeet Khanna, Principal Secretary, Labour Department, got an approval. The proposal suggests that the labour department should monitor the works of the contractors and ensure that all the labour engaged at the construction site is registered as the beneficiaries of the board. The proposal also suggests waiving the registration and the contributory fees imposed on the beneficiaries.