BJP unaware of welfare measures taken for workers:

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 21:40

New Delhi: Delhi government Wednesday criticised BJP for showing "no concerns" for the unorganised sector workers and said the opposition party should first analyse steps taken for them instead of politicising the issue.

"The opposition is probably not aware of the steps taken by the Sheila Dikshit government. It has, in fact, no time and no concern to think of the condition of unorganised sector labourers as it has always been keen to politicise the issue. The opposition should shed their political interests and analyse the steps taken by the city government," Delhi Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said in a statement.

Goswami was earlier in charge of the Labour department.

The government has been providing top priority to welfare of unorganised sector workers in Delhi and taken several welfare measures to make their lives and working conditions comfortable, he said.

Giving out details of the various welfare measures for construction workers, Goswami said the city government has constituted Delhi Building and other Construction Workers Welfare Board.

"The Board has registered around one lakh construction workers. Government is running 15 welfare schemes and Rs 11 crore has been disbursed as financial assistance to the children (of these workers) studying in government schools," he said, adding that around 38,000 children have benefited from this assistance.

The city government has spent around Rs one crore on providing medicines and healthcare facilities to more than 3.42 lakh workers, he said.

Goswami further stated that Delhi government has implemented Rashriya Swasthay Bima Yojna for providing health insurance benefit to workers of unorganised sector.

"The government has also decided to extend this facility to domestic workers, street venders, porters and venders, hawkers," he said, adding that the government has issued a strict order directing employers to provide wages to workers by cheque or electronic clearing scheme.

Delhi offers the highest minimum wages in the country and it is revised periodically as per the latest index, Goswami said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 21:40

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