Gujarat: 1,128 labourers have died in accidents in 2 years

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Gandhinagar, Mar 22 (PTI) A total of 1,128 labourers attached to the agricultural and construction sectors have died due to accidents in the last two years in Gujarat, the state Assembly was informed on Monday.

Responding to a set of questions during Question Hour, state Labour and Employment Minister Dilip Thakor said the state has 35.30 lakh registered labourers, comprising 28.65 lakh in the agricultural sector and 6.65 lakh in the construction field.

'Of the 1,128 labourers who died in accidents in the last two years, 842 were from the agriculture sector and 286 belonged to construction sector. In the past two years, 98 agriculture workers died in Bhavnagar and 37 construction labourers died in Ahmedabad district.' he said.

State government data showed that Anand district had over 2.18 lakh registered agricultural labourers, while Ahmedabad led with 1 lakh registered construction workers.

After a gap of five years, the state government in January increased the daily minimum wage for agriculture labourers from Rs 178 to Rs 324.20, which includes Rs 56.20 special allowance announced for the first time, said Thakor while responding to a related question. PTI PJT BNM BNM