Delhi govt launches month-long campaign for registration of construction workers

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New Delhi, Feb 22 (PTI) Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday announced the launch of a month-long mega registration drive for construction workers to help them avail different government benefits.

Sisodia, who is also the Labour Minister, said there are 10 lakh construction workers in Delhi out of which 1.31 lakh workers are registered with the Delhi Building and Other Construction workers Welfare Board.

Around 80,000 workers are in the process of getting registered. Through the mega registration drive, over eight lakh more workers will be duly registered, he said.

'The Delhi government is launching the mega registration drive so that the construction workers can avail different benefits of Delhi government schemes related to education, pension, maternity, marriage and others.

'Registration camps will be organized at 45 sites across Delhi, which includes 29 government schools and 16 major construction sites,' Sisodia said at a press conference.

'Mobile units would be deployed in the districts to travel between different construction sites and register construction workers at the site itself so that workers don't have to forego their daily wage. Delhi has 262 major 'labour chowks' where workers assemble in search of work,' he added.

Sisodia said massive awareness campaign is also being launched at all 'labour chowks' with hoardings, posters and handbills distribution to encourage more and more construction workers to register at registration camps in their nearby locations.

'There are many workers whose registration has lapsed, and they have been duly informed about renewing their membership. The registration camps will operate from February 22 to March 22, Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Construction workers can visit registration camps for new registration, renewals, and verification process of registration.

'Construction workers can also get themselves registered using Delhi government's doorstep delivery service. They need to call 1076 and the concerned personnel from the Labour department will reach their homes to register them,' he added.

Under different schemes of the Delhi government, workers can get Rs 3-5 lakh for construction of house, Rs 30,000 under maternity benefit scheme, Rs 20,000 as loan for the purchase of work related tools and Rs 5,000 as grant for the purchase of work related tools.

Other than this, workers' family get assistance of Rs 1 lakh in case of natural death and Rs 2 lakh in case of death due to accident. They may also avail Rs 1 lakh in case of permanent total disability and a disability pension of Rs 3,000 per month.

Under education schemes, they can avail benefits between Rs 500 to Rs 10,000 per month for the school education and higher education of their children. In other schemes, the workers can get Rs 35,000- 51,000 as financial assistance for marriage, and Rs 3,000 per month as pension benefit.

'Under these schemes, Delhi government has distributed cheques worth Rs 3.18 crore to 488 construction workers this month. Also, the Delhi government has provided Rs 10,000 to 1,139 workers during the COVID-19 pandemic,' Sisodia said. PTI GJS GJS TDS TDS