The All India Construction Workers' and Unorganised Workers' Development Association has urged the Central and Tamil Nadu governments to establish a separate department and Ministry for the welfare of construction workers and unorganised workers.

A resolution was adopted at the Tamil Nadu State and Vellore district executive committee meeting of the association held under the presidentship of all-India president G.R. Paramasivam here recently. The resolution also pleaded for the implementation of Employees State Insurance, Provident Fund, pension and housing schemes for the construction workers and unorganised workers.

The association requested the governments not to stop the benefits available to construction/unorganised workers in the welfare boards for them on the grounds that similar benefits were available under the social security scheme. It decided to start a cooperative housing society for construction workers and unorganised workers to facilitate these categories of workers to obtain housing loans on a par with government servants. R.T. Palani, general secretary of the All India Construction Workers' and Unorganised Workers' Development Association has been elected president of the cooperative housing society.

Through another resolution, the meeting requested the State government to ensure that education, marriage and maternity allowances for the children and spouses of construction workers were disbursed within a month of receiving application.

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