IT students in polytechnics to get free laptops

The government has announced a special scheme under which those who failed to renew their registration in the employment exchange from 2008 will be permitted to do so.

Replying to a debate on demands for grants to his department, Minister for Labour S.T. Chellapandian said that this would benefit 50,000 educated youths.

K. Balabharathi (CPI-M) pleaded that while the government had permitted all those who had defaulted in renewing their registration during 2008, 2009 and 2010 to renew again, it should also permit those who had failed in 2011 to do so.

The Minister said such persons had already been given this concession. “In actuality, we have permitted all those who have forgotten to renew their registration for the past almost five years to renew it now.”

Mr. Chellapandian announced that all those studying information technology courses in polytechnics would also be given free laptops as in the case of Plus Two and college students.

This would involve an expenditure of Rs.3.56 crore.

In addition, all those studying in polytechnics would get free bicycles at a total cost of Rs.6.36 crore.

Taking into account the condition of the indigent students in polytechnics, the scholarship given to them would be streamlined and all would be uniformly granted Rs.500 a year without income limit. This would cost the exchequer Rs.12.94 crore.

The children of those registered with labour welfare boards would be granted Rs.2,000 more as scholarship if they chose to pursue bachelor's and master's degree in professional education.

Residential school

In order to extend education to the wards of unorganised workers registered with the labour welfare boards, a residential school from I to VIII Standards with facilities to accommodate 640 children would be established at a cost of Rs.12.5 crore under public-private partnership programme.

If any of the workers registered with labour welfare boards were to suffer disability in harness, they would be given artificial limbs and wheel chairs.

Maternity assistance would be extended to the wife or daughter of workers, who are registered with the labour welfare board but employed in unregistered plantations.

New ESIC dispensaries

The Minister, who announced that new Employees' State Insurance Corporation dispensaries at 11 locations (Sathyamangalam, Punjai Puliyampatti, Kodaikanal, Vellakoil, Kangeyam, Nilakkottai, Sultanpettai, Cheyyar, Ramanathapuram, Paramakudi and Ariyalur to benefit 44,820 workers), also said Ayurveda section would be introduced in five ESIC hospitals, Siddha section in 10 ESIC hospitals and Unani section and Homoeopathy section in Coimbatore and Madurai ESIC hospitals.

Mr. Chellapandian said that a new building with various infrastructure facilities would be constructed at an estimate of Rs.15 crore to impart labour education.

Also, a consultative committee would be constituted to help Tamil Nadu Construction Corporation improve the efficiency of the construction workers and provide them orientation.

This committee would also prepare a project report to chalk out the future course of action of the corporation.