A huge relief to construction workers: 18 states transfer Rs 1,000-5,000 each in 1.8 crore beneficiary A/Cs

The Ministry of Labour & Employment is one of the oldest and important Ministries of the Government of India. 

The main responsibility of the Ministry is to protect and safeguard the interests of workers in general and those who constitute the poor, deprived and disadvantaged sections of the society, in particular, with due regard to creating a healthy work environment for higher production and productivity and to develop and coordinate vocational skill training and employment services. 

The government’s attention is also focused on the promotion of welfare and providing social security to the labour force both in organized and unorganized sectors, in tandem with the process of liberalization. 

These objectives are sought to be achieved through enactment and implementation of various labour laws, which regulate the terms and conditions of service and employment of workers. 

The State Governments are also competent to enact legislation, as labour is a subject in the concurrent list under the Constitution of India.

Objectives:

Maintenance of Industrial peace.

Ensuring wages, safety, welfare, working hours, weekly & other holidays, leave, bonus and gratuity etc for workers.

Promotion of welfare and social security of workers by the implementation of schemes.

General Functions Of Labour department 

Fixation, revision and ensuring payment of Minimum Wages to the workers in 73 Scheduled Employments.

Registration and Licensing of Establishments and collection of the labour welfare fund.

Registration of Trade Unions.

Rescue and release of child labour.

Certification of Standing Orders for Industries.

Assessment and collection of Cess from construction works.

Registration of building and other construction workers.

Registration of unorganized workers.

Labour Department in Andhra Pradesh is handled by hon Gummanur Jayaram. “Click Here” To visit the Ap Labour Department official website. 

Mission 

Improving the working conditions and the quality of life of workers through laying down and implementing policies/programmes/schemes/projects for providing social security and welfare measures, regulating conditions of work, occupational health and safety of workers, eliminating child labour from hazardous occupations and processes, strengthening enforcement of labour laws and promoting skill development and employment services.

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Latest News by the Labour Department of India May 2021.

As of September 30, 2018, India had around 3.2 crores of registered construction workers of which the highest were in Uttar Pradesh at 42 lakh followed by 31 lakh in West Bengal, 30 lakh in Madhya Pradesh, 29 lakh in Tamil Nadu and 22.5 lakh in Odisha.

Acting on the advisory issued by the Centre, as many as 18 states have transferred amounts ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 to the bank accounts of construction workers hit by pandemic from the designated cess funds at their disposal. 

According to sources, these states have disbursed a total of Rs 2,250 crore as a one-time cash benefit, directly into the accounts of around 1.8 crores registered construction workers in distress.

Trade union sources said Delhi has transferred the highest amount of Rs 5,000 each to the registered construction workers, followed by Punjab and Kerala at Rs 3,000 each. Some other states like Himachal Pradesh have offered Rs 2,000 each, while Odisha is learnt to have given such a one-time benefit of Rs 1,500 each to the registered workers

Every building worker who has completed 18 years of age, but has not turned 60, and who has been engaged in any building or other construction work for not less than 90 days during the preceding 12 months is eligible for registration as a beneficiary under the Act.

2 crore construction workers get ₹5,000 crore as relief during COVID-19: Gangwar. Santosh Gangwar said ₹5,000 crore has been deposited.

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