BHUBANESWAR, MAR 10
Over 500 construction workers in safety uniforms today felicitated Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in an overwhelming manner for his announcement of significant welfare schemes in the last few days while the Odisha School-College Teachers and Employees United Forum also felicitated the Chief Minister, expressing their gratitude for regularising their service and benefitting over one lakh school teachers by withdrawing the cadre rule.
The uniformed workers were led to the Naveen Niwas by Construction Workers Welfare Board chairman Subas Singh.
The welfare measures announced by the Chief Minister are a model in the country, according to Singh.
The Chief Minister has enhanced the amount of ex-gracia for the kin of workers in case of accidental death from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 4 lakh while in the case of normal deaths, their kin would get an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh instead of Rs 1 lakh given earlier.
In a similar way, financial assistance for a daughter’s marriage was increased to Rs 50,000 from the earlier Rs 25,000 level.
Now the construction workers will get a pension of Rs 500 instead of Rs 300 after 60 years of age. The pension amount after 80 years of age has been increased to Rs 700 from the level of Rs 500.
At present there are 26,30,000 construction workers already registered with the government. Out of this 17,00,000 workers have been covered under various welfare schemes. These benefits include ex-gracias for deaths, educational assistance, daughter’s marriage, free bi-cycles, providing them with professional implements and maternity assistance etc.
The State has been laurelled by the International Labour Organisation for its model welfare schemes in the country.
Among others who accompanied the workers to felicitate the Chief Minister included Welfare Board member Rajendra Das, Divisional Labour Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Mohapatra, District Labour Officer Ambika Mishra, Deputy Labour Officer Satya Acharya, Odisha Electricity Employees Federation working president Rajeev Mohanty, labour leaders Sanjukta Mahal and Manju Mishra.