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Pension, Maternity Benefits In The Offing

IMPHAL, Mar 4: Women construction workers who are 60 years and above would be given pension and all women construction workers would be entitled to several maternity benefits.

This was stated by Labor Minister Ph Parijat at the inaugural function of the week-long 40th National Safety Week Campaign held at Manipur Press Club here today.

Speaking as chief guest at the occasion, Parijat stated that around Rs 11 crores have been earmarked for extending various benefits to women construction workers during the current year.

However, to avail these benefits, construction workers between the ages of 18 to 60 should first register themselves with the Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board.

The registered construction workers would get monetary assistance in the event of accidents and they may also avail Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh as housing loans.

They will also be provided assistance for the education of their children and at times of illness to any one of their family members, Parijat said.

Moreover, one per cent of all funds sanctioned to engineering departments for construction works would be set aside as welfare fund for construction workers, the Labor Minister said. Informing that 24 laws related to labor are being enforced in Manipur, Parijat stressed on the importance of learning these laws by all laborers and their employers.

Laborers should defend their rights and they should be aware about the professional hazards and inconveniences.

The inaugural function was jointly organized by the Co-ordinating Committee of 8 Trade Unions of Workers and the office of the Deputy Labor Commissioner, Manipur.

The function was also attended by president of the Co-ordinating Committee of 8 Trade Unions of Workers Th Sakhi, retired Chief Engineer (Works) E Binoykumar, chairperson of the Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board G Tombi and Executive Director of the Manipur State RSBY Society NS Gokulmani as presidium members.

Earlier, giving the key-note address, Deputy Labor Commissioner E Tomba said that the week-long campaign is aimed at educating laborers and employers about the labor laws as well as to reduce hazards associated with their profession.  A poster campaign with details of the professional hazards of laborers and their preventive/minimizing measures was also launched at the occasion.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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