Welfare measures in the offing

An action plan is being formulated to implement various projects, including Awas scheme declared in the Governor’s policy address, for the welfare of migrant workers in the State, said Tom Jose, Additional Chief Secretary, Labour.

He was talking after inspecting three plywood companies and migrant workers’ camps at Perumbavoor on Tuesday.

At present, there was no exact data on the number of migrant workers in the State except that approximately 22-25 lakh migrants were working here. Creating an accurate data bank was the first target.

Implementing e-card system linked to insurance would take some time. However, a basic identity card including the name and address of migrants could be implemented much faster. In fact, many of them would be already having multiple cards of similar nature. But including details like blood group and insurance would take up to six months. Such a fool-proof system was being planned, Mr. Jose said.

The raid was conducted based on the media reports and mentions in the Assembly about the condition of migrant workers. The living and working conditions of migrant workers had been under the consideration of the government for some time. Without doubt, they deserve better conditions, Mr. Jose said.

Employers and building owners would be given specific instructions based on the inspection. The responsibility in this regard would increase with the advent of the proposed new cards. Mr. Jose said that directions would be given to the joint task forces of health, revenue, labour, and panchayat departments to intensify their operations.

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