MP CM's sops to construction labourers

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Bhopal, Aug 19 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today announced that construction sector labourers and their families would receive pension, housing assistance, medical facilities, assistance after accidents, treatment for grave ailments, ex gratia and funeral assistance.

''Labourers who are above 60 years and have put in six years of service will benefit from the pension scheme that envisages monthly pension of Rs 300. The labourer's widow will continue to receive Rs 300. A permanently-disabled labourer will receive a similar benefit and later his widow will get it,'' he said at a convention here.

If a labourer avails a Rs 1 lakh loan for a residential plot or purchasing an already-constructed place or building one then Rs 25,000 would be given as grant on interest.

Besides government hospitals, limited medical facilities would also be provided at notified private hospitals. A registered labourer's family would receive accident ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 2,000 for the funeral. A sum of Rs 75,000 would be provided in the event of permanent disability.

''A maximum of Rs 3 lakh will be provided for treatment of a serious disease. Even non-accidental death will be compensated with ex gratia of Rs 25,000 and Rs 2,000 for the funeral,'' the Chief Minister said.

Labourers' children would receive scholarships from classes I to XII and then for higher education. Meritorious kids would be awarded. Sums of Rs 10,000 would be provided for the wedding of every labourer's daughter.

''Such labourers and their families will henceforth receive the benefits of the Mukhyamantri Mazdoor Suraksha Yojana, Ladli Laxmi Yojana, Janani Suraksha Yojana, Deendayal Antyodaya Upchar Yojana and Mukhyamantri Annapurna Yojana,'' Mr Chouhan added.

State Labour Minister Jagdish Deora said that seven lakh construction labourers had been registered thus far.

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