Rajasthan Minister of State for Labour Mangilal Garasia has suggested that workers in all industries, factories and other establishments be paid wages through banks and post offices following the extension of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, to them. Besides, the Centre must contribute half of the expenditure on the labour welfare activities in the States.

Mr. Garasia made the suggestions while addressing the 45th session of the Standing Labour Committee in New Delhi over the weekend. He said a new provision should be made in the Minimum Wages Act to prohibit division of wages into different parts enabling the employers to reduce the amount of bonus, gratuity and other benefits.

Union Labour & Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge presided over the meeting.

According to an official release here, Mr. Garasia favoured introduction of social security measures, including pension, to all labourers. “A unique Vishwakarma unorganised labour pension scheme operative in Rajasthan is covering those engaged in 20 different types of works,” he said.

The Minister said as many as 11 schemes were in force for construction labourers in Rajasthan and 7.32 lakh families had been provided with smart cards of the national health insurance scheme. A target has been set for extending the scheme's benefit to 26.60 lakh families of labourers.

Mr. Garasia also pointed out that the State Skills & Livelihood Development Corporation had taken up training programmes in different fields.

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