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HIGHER BENEFITS: Labour and Excise Minister P.K. Gurudasan distributing pension to a retired toddy worker at the function in Thrissur on Friday.
HIGHER BENEFITS: Labour and Excise Minister P.K. Gurudasan distributing pension to a retired toddy worker at the function in Thrissur on Friday.

Staff Reporter

THRISSUR: The state government is contemplating welfare schemes for migrant workers, Labour and Excise Minister P. K. Gurudasan has said.

Speaking after inaugurating the distribution of increased pension to toddy workers here on Friday, he pointed out that as compared to the number of Keralites working outside the state and abroad, the number of migrant labourers in the State was insignificant.

Pension increased

The monthly pension of toddy workers would be increased from Rs.150 to Rs.500 from this April, the minister said.

The hike in pension would cause an additional expense of Rs.6 crore a year for the government, he pointed out.

Provident Fund

The extra amount, however, would be augmented through an increase of two per cent in the contribution to the Provident Fund by the workers and an equal amount by the employers.

Revenue Minister K. P. Rajendran inaugurated the computerisation process of the Thrissur office of Toddy Workers Welfare Board at the function.

Chairman of Toddy workers Welfare Board K. M. Sudhakaran presided over the function. Therambil Ramakrishnan MLA, former chairman of the board K. P. Prabhakaran, the organising committee chairman Baby John and convener P.K. Soman spoke at the function.

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