Hoshiarpur: Deputy Commissioner Mrs. Anindita Mitra said that the Punjab Government has disbursed financial help worth Rs. 89.9 Lakh to the registered construction workers and their dependent children during previous 4 years in the Hoshiarpur district.
Deputy Commissioner said that the Punjab Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board extends financial help to the registered construction workers on case basis. Deputy Commissioner also said that financial help of Rs. 21000 is provided to the daughters of registered construction workers at the time of their marriage under shagun scheme. Apart from this, for the children of registered construction workers, a scholarship scheme has been launched under which children studying uptill 5th standard are given Rs. 2000 as scholarship every year and Rs. 800 as uniform allowance every year.
Giving details of financial help provided to the registered construction works Deputy Commissioner revealed that under scholarship Rs. 48.57 Lakh disbursed against 937 cases. Similarly against 530 cases LTC Rs. 10.60 Lakh have been disbursed and under Shagun Scheme Rs. 19.32 Lakh have been disbursed against 92 cases whereas financial help of Rs. 8.60 Lakh has been provided as ex-gratia in 8 cases. Apart from this, financial help of Rs. 2 lakh has also been provided for performing last rites in 20 cases. In Hoshiarpur district about 13156 construction workers have been registered so far with Punjab Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board formed by the state government, added DC.
The Deputy Commissioner further said that children studying from 6th-8th standard are given scholarship to the tune of Rs. 3000 per year and Rs.1000 as uniform allowance per year. Similarly, for study from 9th-12th standard scholarship of Rs. 5000 per year and uniform allowance of Rs.1000 per year are given to the students. Scholarship of Rs. 15000 per year is given to the children pursuing graduation and post graduation and if the student happens to be a resident of hostel then he/she is given Rs. 30000 per year and Rs. 4000 for books. Besides this, the children of registered workers studying in medical, engineering streams are given Rs. 30000 and if living in hostel then they are given Rs. 50000 as scholarship and Rs.8000 for books. DC also divulged that the registered construction workers and their dependents are given financial assistance of Rs. 1.50 lakh for the treatment of life threatening diseases. In case of the death of registered construction worker during duty hours, an ex-gratia grant of Rs. 2 lakh is given whereas financial help Rs. 1.5 Lakh is provided in case of natural death. In case of disability incurred, financial grant is given on the basis of disability certificate. She also informed that pension scheme has also been started for registered construction workers.
Disclosing further, Mrs. Mitra said that the workers are also given financial assistance for travelling and plumber, carpenter, electrician, sewerman, p.o.p. workers, workers engaged in road construction, mason can become beneficiaries of the welfare schemes initiated by the board. Any worker can contact Office of Assistant Labour Commissioner regarding registration purposes.