MALDA, 20 AUG: West Bengal Labour Minister Mr Anadi Sahoo today lamented that the implementation of several schemes in the interest of the labourers in the unorganised sectors has not been quite satisfactory in Malda. The minister was addressing a programme on generating mass awareness regarding different projects on social protection of unorganised labourers in Malda college auditorium. Mr Sahoo said that there are about 5 lakh of unorganised labourers among whom only 152,952 labourers have been covered under provident fund and health security scheme. He asked the district administration to organise localised camps to convey these schemes among such labourers.
Mr Anadi Sahoo declared several attractive schemes for the unorganised labourers. “In case of accidental death the family of such labourers will be paid 1 lakh rupees while for normal death the sum will be Rs 30000. Even the government will be paying for their cremation and education of their wards”, said the minister. He informed that the ‘bidi workers” are being provided with free electricity connection but out of thousands of ‘bidi’ binders only 1557 families have availed this facility. Mr Sahoo also said: “If such labourers form a co-operative society, they will be provided with land by the state government along with bank loans against nominal interest to build their houses. He claimed that no other state in India except Kerala and Tamilnadu have introduced such schemes in the interest of daily wage earners.
Parliamentary affairs minister Mr Sailen Sarkar,State Labour Commissioner Mr Indranil Sengupta, DM, Malda Mr P K Samanta and other MLAs were present in the programme.
Unorganised labourers who have included themselves were given cheques and bicycles by the labour minister.