The state government of Punjab has given the instruction to the Labour Department to start a process to register the maximum number of construction workers to provide them the benefits of the state government’s welfare benefits.
In addition, the government has also urged that there is need to create awareness among the labourers about the welfare schemes under the Punjab Building & Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board.
Under Punjab Shehri Awas Yojna-2017, the state government has also approved a proposal to pay an additional equal amount of Rs. 1.5 lakh for the registered construction workers. The workers belong to SC/BC category with annual income less than Rs. 3 lakh. However, the registered construction workers having at least three-year membership with the Board will be eligible to avail the scheme.
Punjab Shehri Awas Yojna-2017
The state government has informed that the central government is providing Rs. 1.50 lakh for each beneficiary Under PMAY. Punjab government has ordered to the Punjab Building & Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board that they will provide interest subsidy of 6.5% upon the loan. But the beneficiary must belong by Economically Weaker Section (EWS) with having the annual income less than Rs. 3 lakh.
According to the board, about 6.39 lakh workers have been registered with the Board and among them, around 3.70 lakh workers are depositing regularly their contribution. In addition, remaining 3.06 lakh workers have been registered under various existing schemes. The Board has been spent so far around Rs. 522.33 cr on various welfare schemes while Rs. 22.17 cr on the management of administrative expenditure.
Punjab Sewa Portal
On the portal, the construction workers in the state can make their registration by linking with Aadhaar and Mobile number. However, if any workers had completed their registration process on the portal earlier, having to need the renew their account by linking their Aadhaar number and Mobile number at Punjab Sewa portal.
The registered beneficiary will get the financial benefits directly into their bank accounts. The board has informed that they had integrated the whole network of web portal bocw.punjab.gov.in with the Punjab Sewa Portal. The construction workers will be able to file their applications at their nearest Sewa Kendras.
Mobile Health Lab Scheme
The state government has given its approval for mobile health lad scheme to provide medical checkup facility for the construction workers. This Scheme is being operational by the Punjab Building & Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board. The board will provide medical checkup facility at just Rs. 124 per worker.
Moreover, the state government has also agreed to accept the Board’s proposal that the construction worker will get the medical treatment from PGI or any government hospital. The worker will not be required to pay medical reimbursement bills certified by the office of civil surgeon. The reimbursement bills will be paid directly by the board to avoid any procedural delays.