Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Finding fault with the ‘populist schemes’ launched by the State government, president of the Andhra Chamber of Commerce and Industry M. Rajaiah on Wednesday said that as a result of such schemes daily wage labourers were not willing to work all the four weeks of a month. They were taking rest from a week to fortnight per month.

“It is affecting the productivity badly. Industrial and automobile sectors are feeling the pinch of the populist schemes like distribution of rice at a lower price,” he said at a meeting organised jointly by the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) and the city-based Efftronics Systems Private Limited to distribute ‘Pehchan’ cards.

Mr. Rajaiah said there was no dearth of white collared staff in the market, but it was very difficult to get daily labourers with suitable skills.

ESIC Vijayawada Region Joint Director R.S. Rao said that the corporation was planning to complete the distribution of the magnetic cards by August next.

“In this form, we are distributing two cards to each employee. While one card is exclusively for the employee, the second one is for his family members. By using these cards, they can get treatment in any of the chain hospitals of the ESIC across the country,” he explained. Efftronics CEO D. Ramakrishna expressed happiness over his firm being selected for preparation and distribution of ‘Pehchan’ cards in Krishna district.