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Seats for wards of unorganised workers in new medical college, Labour Minister

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Chief Minister told a Cabinet meeting that the seats will be reserved in the medical college proposed at Omandurar Estate in Chennai

Labour Minister S.T. Chellapandian hands over a cheque to an unorganised worker at a function in Vellore on Thursday. Collector P. Sankar and Mayor P. Karthiyayini are in the picture.
Labour Minister S.T. Chellapandian hands over a cheque to an unorganised worker at a function in Vellore on Thursday. Collector P. Sankar and Mayor P. Karthiyayini are in the picture.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has promised that medical seats in the proposed medical college to come up on the New Assembly Complex at Omandurar Estate on Anna Salai in Chennai would be reserved for children of unorganised workers, including construction workers, said S.T. Chellapandian, Minister for Labour Welfare.

He was distributing welfare aid to members of the Tamil Nadu Construction Workers’ and Unorganised Workers’ Welfare Boards at a function at Anna Kalaiarangam here on Thursday. Mr. Chellapandian said the Chief Minister gave the assurance at a Cabinet meeting held recently in connection with the new medical college. Ms. Jayalalithaa, during her previous and present regimes took steps to establish welfare boards for unorganised workers who constituted 92 per cent of the workforce in the State. In 1982, the then Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran established the first welfare board for unorganised workers and in 1994, Ms. Jayalalithaa streamlined the board and brought all types of unorganised workers under the board, he said.

The Chief Minister has ordered that monetary benefits given by the boards to its members should reach the beneficiaries directly and be credited to their bank accounts, he said. Therefore, he was visiting all districts and distributing welfare aids . Petitions submitted by welfare board members were being answered immediately, he said.

About 33.11 lakh members were enrolled in the welfare boards and aids worth Rs. 319.18 crore has been given to 12.54 lakh members when the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam was in power from 2006 to 2011. However, during the last one-and-half-years, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government had enrolled 5.81 lakh new members and given welfare aid worth Rs.186.77 crore to 8.94 lakh members.

The Minister requested the members of the welfare boards to inform him over phone if their petitions were not attended to by the officials. He said that unorganised workers could become members of the respective welfare boards by submitting the necessary certificates.

Mr. Chellapandian distributed welfare aid worth Rs. 65.53 lakh to 2,007 welfare board members.

P. Sankar, Vellore Collector, who presided, said that India topped in human resources, and also has the largest number of trained workers.

That is the reason why Indian workers were increasingly getting employment in the U.S. and West Asia. Construction workers and other unorganised workers constituted the backbone of the economic growth of the country.

C. Somburajan, Additional Commissioner of Labour, welcomed the gathering. Leela Subramanian, chairperson of the Vellore District Panchayat; Mayor P. Karthiyayini and V.D. Dharmalingam, Deputy Mayor, spoke. S. Kalaivani, Secretary, Tamil Nadu Unorganised Workers’ Welfare Board, Chennai, proposed a vote of thanks.

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