Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today laid the foundation stone for construction of temporary shelter homes for labourers in seven places and also launched a social security board for workers in the unorganised sector. Patnaik laid foundation stones for the proposed shelter homes for labourers at Cuttack, Jajpur, Paradip and Berhampur through video conferencing. He had also physically laid foundation stones at three places for temporary shelters in Kharvel Nagar area of the state capital before attending the function marking the State Level Labour Day celebration.
Noting that the state government is committed for the welfare of the labourers, Patnaik said temporary shelter homes with the capacity of 1700 beds for labourers would be set up in 21 places across the state. On welfare of Odia labourers working in Telangana, the Chief Minister said he had a discussion with the Telangana Home and Labour Minister in this regard. “The state government has been working to bring labourers to the mainstream and provide social security to them,” he said.
The chief minister pointed out that a number of projects were launched today, including a social security board for workers in unorganised sector, a welfare board for workers in organised sector and a Help Desk for migrant workers in the state of Telangana. He said that the state government has prepared an action plan worth Rs 134 crore to curb labour migration and for their rehabilitation.
The National Child Labour project has been expanded to remaining six districts of Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Boudh, Phulbani, Bhadrak and Puri. The objective is to ensure Odisha become a child-labour free state, he said. Odisha Labour minister Prafulla Mallick said the state government will provide houses to labourers at low price in five towns including Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Jajpur, Paradip and Berhampur soon. The houses will be provided through the Odisha Housing and Urban Development Department, Mallick announced.
The Minister said registration of unorganised and domestic labourers will be undertaken through the Construction Workers Welfare Board (CWWB). He further said special action plan would be chalked out to abolish child labour in the state. Over 18 lakh construction workers have been registered so far in the state. The government has provided Rs 389 crore to more than 7 lakh labourers as assistance under several programmes. The assistance centre has been set up for non-resident Odia workers in various states.