Protection of labourers rights government’s top priority

Ensure strict action against bonded and child labour

CM Mr. Chouhan reviews activities of labour department

lead4.2.16Bhopal, February 4, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan):  Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that protection of labourers’ rights is top priority of the state government. Labour welfare schemes will be strengthened further by convening labourers’ convention to elicit their opinion. All vacancies in Labour Department will be filled in next 3 years for schemes’ effective implementation. The Chief Minister was reviewing activities of Labour Department here today. Departmental Minister Mr. Antar Singh Arya, Chief Secretary Mr. Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary Labour Mr. M.K. Varshney, Principal Secretary Finance Mr. Ashish Upadhyay, Labour Commissioner Mr. K.C. Gupta and other senior officers attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister said that constant inspections should be made to curb child labour and proper arrangements for their rehabilitation. Bonded labour practice should be curbed strictly. Besides, welfare schemes should be chalked out for organised labourers. It has been decided that concession in fee will be given if licence is obtained for 10 years in lump sum. Besides, cycle purchase grant for labourers will be increased. The Chief Minister said that labour welfare schemes which are necessary should be improved and strengthened to benefit maximum number of labourers. Redundant schemes should be restructured.

Labourers’ skill certification should be accelerated. The meeting was informed that benefits worth Rs. 2 crore 62 lakh have been distributed to labourers by Labour Welfare Board till December last year. Besides, Rs. 10 crore 26 lakh has been provided to 17 thousand 639 labourers under maternity benefit scheme by Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, Rs. 20 crore 99 lakh to 10 thousand 535 labourers under marriage assistance scheme, Rs. 28 crore 73 lakh to 17 thousand 480 students under education assistance scheme, Rs. 7 crore 22 as cash awards to 61 thousand 661 talented students and Rs. 3 crore 49 lakh has been provided under accident assistance scheme to 713 labourers. Similarly, 12 thousand 390 labourers were trained under skill development scheme and skill certification of 5000 labourers was done. Assistance of Rs. 2 crore 61 lakh 95 thousand 497 was given to 73 thousand 210 labourers under Labour Welfare Board’s various schemes.