Insurance, pension schemes announced for registered labourers by Delhi govt

A large number of registered workers under various agencies like DMRC, NBCC, PWD and CPWD were given passbooks at a function jointly organised by Delhi government and the Centre.

Labour Minister Dr A K Walia on Tuesday said the Delhi government has been implementing the best social security schemes for the welfare of building and other construction workers.

"The Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board has been collecting cess from the contractors and construction agencies to utilise the fund for welfare of such workers. The registered workers have been receiving benefits which are much better than the benefits being given to regular employees," Walia said.

Walia said the government would train construction workers in order to enhance their efficiency. He asked all building and construction workers to get registered with the Board. "It is a very simple process, and any worker below the age of 60, who has worked 90 days in a year, can register himself by making a meagre payment of Rs 25. He will have to make payment of Rs 20 as subscription for subsequent years. By registering with the board, they become eligible for the benefits under various welfare schemes and under the Rashtriya Swasth Bima Yojana, which takes care of medical expenses amounting to Rs 30,000 per year for the member and dependants," Walia said.

Around 1.2 lakh workers have been registered with the Board in 184 camps. "They have also become eligible for a monthly pension of Rs 1,000 per month on attaining the age of 60. Dependants will also get Rs 500 per month as pension. Rs 35 crore has been disbursed under various schemes," Walia said.

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