Labour Ministers asks construction workers to avail welfare scheme

Shillong, Aug 18: Labour minister, Ampareen Lyngdoh on Friday asked muster rolls of works department and other construction workers involved in building and construction works to come forward and register themselves with the Labour department to avail various benefits provided under the Building and other Construction Workers Welfare Scheme .

The Minister made this request at the one-day awareness-cum-Registration Camp for muster- rolls of the Works Department organized by the Meghalaya Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board in collaboration with the District Labour Office, East Khasi Hills, Shillong and the Public Works Department at Bharat Scouts and Guides headquarters, here.
The programme was attended by Secretary PWD, Shri B. Kharbuli, Labour Commissioner, B. Mawlong, Chief Engineer, PWD (Buildings), L.D. Suchiang, Joint Labour Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, R.W. Wahlang, senior officials from Labour and PWD departments, registered contractors of PWD and muster rolls.
In her address, the Minister said that the Labour Department had introduced the Building and other Construction Workers Welfare Scheme for the benefit of registered construction workers to provide for health and other welfare measures.
She also urged the muster rolls of Works Department and other construction workers involved in building and construction works to come forward and register themselves with the Labour Department to avail the various benefits provided under the Scheme.
The Minister also enlightened about the benefits of the welfare Scheme which includes maternity benefit, welfare pension, disability pension, funeral assistance, death benefit, medical assistance to beneficiaries, scholarships for children of beneficiaries, financial assistance for marriage of children of beneficiaries, family pension and skill development.

During the programme, the Minister distributed scholarships to children of registered workers.
The State Bank of India and Bank of Baroda also participated in the camp by setting up a help-desk to facilitate the workers to open a bank account.

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