Dr. Drabu approves Rs 78 cr welfare budget for construction workers

Sets target of zero accidental deaths of construction workers

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 13: Minister of Finance, Labour and Employment,  Dr Haseeb A Drabu today approved Rs 78 cr welfare budget for 2015-16 for construction workers employed in both govt and private sector in the state.

The Finance Minister also approved a slew of measures to ensure safety and skill upgradation of workers while chairing the meeting of J&K Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board here today.

For safety measures the meeting approved a budget of Rs 1 crore. An amount of Rs 75 lakhs was also set for awareness of schemes so that more workers register themselves with the board. The Finance Minister asked the board to start an aggressive awareness campaign targeting the construction workers and their families. “All these schemes and money is meant for welfare of construction workers and their family members and it’s objective won’t be met unless the workers are made aware of its benefits,” said Dr Drabu.

Stressing on the use of Information Technology, the Finance Minister asked the board to digitize the entire record of workers registered with them. The meeting approved handheld devices for supervisors so that they will be able to collect the data of workers right at the construction site.

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