Hyderabad: Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development KT Rama Rao, called upon the construction industry in the state to take care of migrant labour employed in the sector during the lockdown period imposed to restrict spread of Covid 19. He said this at a meeting with the Construction and Builders’ Association representatives on Thursday at Pragathi Bhavan and reviewed the conditions of migrant labor at construction sites in Hyderabad.
During the meeting, the Minister stated that all the construction and infra companies should take care of the migrant labor who are working in their sites. He mentioned that the state government is taking care of all the citizens of the state and instructed the builder community to cooperate and ensure their workers who came in from other states are being taken care of. He also reminded the Builders the extent of cooperation and encouragement given by the government to the construction industry from the formation of the state.
“Food, basic amenities, and healthcare needs should be made available,” Rama Rao said. He asked the industry representatives to keep a close watch on the sanitation levels at the construction sites and also watch out for any Covid 19 symptoms in the labor. He assured that the GHMC teams and doctors from ” Basthi Dawakhaanas” will be available to assist migrant labour medically. A multi-department team will be in place to assist the construction industry with logistics. The state government will monitor the situation in these camps closely, he added.
He directed GHMC Chief City Planner Devender Reddy to study the ground situation at all construction sites and submit a report to him. He instructed the DGP, and commissioners of Cyberabad, Hyderabad and Rachakonda police to give necessary instructions to allow vehicles supplying food and other necessary material to the construction workers. He said that the Chief City Planner and Disaster Management group will coordinate in this issue.
Warning the construction industry that the government will not tolerate if they neglect the welfare of the labour. “The Chief Minister has already said that the managements will have to pay the wages to the labourers and also contract workers during the lockdown, and if they fail to do so the government will initiate action against them as per the law,” he said.
Mayor Bonthu Rammohan and Enforcement Vigilance and Disaster Management (EVDM) Director Viswajit Kampati and representatives from Builders associations were present in the meeting.
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