Staff Reporter

Anbarasan urges workers to enrol and avail of schemes

TIRUNELVELI: To make the functioning of all welfare boards for unorganised sector labourers more effective, the State Government has decided to establish fully automated offices for each of them in every district, Minister for Labour Welfare T.M. Anbarasan said here on Thursday.

He was speaking after distributing identity cards to 106 persons and welfare assistance worth Rs. 3.99 lakh to 206 beneficiaries, who had registered with the Unorganised Sector Labourers Welfare Board.

Mr. Anbarasan said though the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-led Government, in 1998, set up welfare boards for labourers from nine unorganised sectors, only 8 per cent of the workforce had enrolled. If labourers from unorganised sectors wanted to avail of the welfare schemes, they should enrol in the welfare board concerned. The identity card would be issued within 15 days of submission of application. Within a month, the member would qualify for welfare assistance.

He said the district would get 569 houses, to be constructed at the cost of Rs. 1.11 crore, for beedi workers. The State Government's share of the project would be Rs. 28 lakh. Minimum wages for the beedi industry would be announced once the interim stay by the court was vacated.

The Minister claimed that welfare assistance of Rs. 30.30 crore, including Rs. 16.79 crore in the past 10 months, had been disbursed to the workers of the unorganised sector.

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