Special Correspondent

Minister says government keen on workers' welfare

Puducherry: Health and Labour Minister E. Valsaraj has said that Cabinet decisions on development and welfare will be implemented in letter and spirit. Care would be taken that schemes did not adversely affect people, he said while addressing participants at a one-day conference of the Union of Domestic Workers affiliated to the All India Trade Union Congress here on Tuesday.

He said that several unique schemes were being implemented here. The Government would soon distribute a subsidy of Rs.1 lakh to each of 10,000 families to convert their huts into concrete structures. The Health Cards scheme had covered around 60 per cent of the population. Soon the entire population (around 10 lakh) in the Union Territory would be issued the cards. The Welfare Board for Construction Workers had proved its relevance and thousands of workers were enrolled as members, the Minister said.

R. Viswanathan, MLA, said that more domestic workers should be enrolled as members. Malathi Maythri, a writer, stressed the need for fixing wages for domestic workers. Secretary of the CPI here N. Kalainthan, municipal councillors S. Rajalakshmi and K. Sudha, general secretary of the AITUC V.S. Abishegam also spoke.