Tamil Nadu unveils Rs 127.13-crore plan for construction workers' welfare

Written By kom nampultig on Selasa, 12 Agustus 2014 | 08.20

CHENNAI: More than a month after 61 workers were killed when an under-construction building collapsed at Moulivakkam in Chennai, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday announced a slew of measures to provide social security for construction workers and their children.

The state would spend Rs 127.13 crore for construction workers' safety and welfare and for their children's education.

Fifty mobile hospitals, 50 anganwadi centres and nine dormitories would be set up at a cost of Rs 105 crore, she announced in the assembly.

While 15 mobile hospitals would be set up in Chennai and nearby areas, the remaining 35 would be established in the districts.

As a huge number of workers from other states come to Tamil Nadu to make a living, the government has allowed them to register as members of the Tamil Nadu Construction Workers Welfare Board to avail the state's welfare measures.

"The membership will be given based on the documents filed by the workers and the certificates issued by the employer," Jayalalithaa said.

The government has increased the compensation given to the nominee in case of the death of a worker in an accident at the construction site. It has raised the compensation from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.

The Tamil Nadu Construction Workers Welfare Board would construct nine dormitories in nine locations at a cost of Rs 105 crore.

Five of the dormitories will be constructed in and around Chennai. Madurai, Salem, Trichy and Coimbatore districts will get one dormitory each. More than 7,000 construction workers can find shelter in these dormitories.

Amma canteens, purified drinking water, washing facilities, children and elder protection centres, bank contact centres, health centres and recreation centre will be created near the dormitories.

Similarly, the government would set up 50 anganwadis centres. Each anganwadi will take care of 20 children. The anganwadis would offer supplementary food for children aged between six months and 36 months.

"Children aged below five years will be given mid-day nutritious meals, including cereals, grains, oil and vegetables. While an egg will be provided on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, boiled cereals will be given on Tuesdays and potatoes on Fridays," she said.

The government would offer vehicle facility for the children to go to and return from schools. In addition, medical check-ups, vaccination, vitamin A tablets, medical and hygiene education would also be given to children and their mothers.

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