Aim is to register more workers and improve renewals
The AP Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board will organise a month-long, State-wide special campaign to register more workers for its schemes and also to improve renewals.
Board chairman S. Gopal told reporters on Wednesday that the board had topped the country in its collection of one per cent cess and so far collected Rs.1,000 crore.
Mr. Gopal, who is heading the board for the second successive three-year term, said during the remaining part of his tenure he would endeavour to take the cess collected to Rs.2,000 crore.
Of the 30 lakh target so far, 16 lakh workers had been registered and a pension scheme was being implemented on a pilot basis in each district of the three regions. The scheme is launched under the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority’s “Swavalamban” scheme. Under it, the board pays Rs.800, the worker Rs.200, and the PFRDA contributes Rs.1,000.
Mr. Gopal said depending upon the age at which the worker joined it, he would get pension ranging from Rs.8,000 to Rs.3,000 after the age of 60. A State-level conference would be organised to improve registration and create awareness. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, APCC president Botcha Satyanarayana, Central and State Ministers from the region would be invited. The date for the conference would be finalised after seeking the acceptance of the Chief Minister. Mr. Gopal said the board was providing Rs.2 lakh as compensation for workers who met with accidental death or permanent handicap, Rs.1 lakh for grievous injuries, and up to Rs.30,000 for natural death, irrespective of whether the worker was registered with the board or not. Pregnant women workers are being given Rs.5,000 as maternal assistance and 15 days of wages. However, renewal was proving a problem with several of the workers being migrants.
Assistant Commissioner of Labour R. Srinivasa Rao was present. Mr. Gopal was all praise for two years of “committed governance” by Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy and three-and-half years of leadership at the Centre by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and AICC president Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi.