‘Will strive for launch of campaign on new pension scheme from Vizag'

The Andhra Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board has asked the Central government to release Rs.100 crore for Andhra Pradesh out of the Rs.1,000 crore allotted by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Union Budget for several schemes for the unorganised sector.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, board chairman S. Gopal demanded that the State government release Rs.20 crore as its portion of the new pension scheme to be implemented for the unorganised sector. In the Union Budget, the government had earmarked Rs.100 crore for 2010-11, he observed and announced that he would get the campaign on the scheme launched from Visakhapatnam in December.

“Union Labour Minister Harish Rawat and State Labour Minister Ramreddy Venkata Reddy would be invited to launch the campaign after current Parliament session in December. There is a gap between the implementation of welfare schemes for the unorganised sector other sectors, hence special attention is essential,” he added.

He promised to get the scheme implemented for all 6 lakh eligible persons in the unorganised sector including those working in the shops and other establishments including construction sites. “While there were 9.3 lakh unorganised workers in Andhra Pradesh, those eligible under the scheme were only 6 lakh as only those between 18 years and 45 years will complete 15 years of service at superannuation,” Mr. Gopal pointed out.

Those eligible under the scheme should be those not employed by the Central or State government directly or through public sector units and even those covered under any social security scheme like EPF, Seamen's Provident Fund or any other such fund.