Hyderabad: Home, Labour and Employment Minister N. Narasimha Reddy on Tuesday said special drives would be conducted for enrolment of building construction and other workers with Telangana Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.
To begin with, one such drive would be conducted next month for the convenience of workers to register their names with the Board, facilitating them to obtain different benefits.
Over 9.40 lakh workers had registered with the Board, which is implementing 10 welfare schemes for the benefit of workers, he said during Question Hour in the Legislative Assembly here.
Replying to a question by TRS legislator D. Vinay Bhaskar on measures taken by State Government, the Labour Minister said over Rs. 82 crore were disbursed to 69,610 building and other construction workers till date.
“The Government is planning to offer education support and scholarships for children of workers who die because of work site accidents,” said Mr. Reddy.
On the demand for skill development centre for workers in each district by BJP MLA N.V.S.S Prabhakar, the Minister said the government was already working on establishing such centres.
Meanwhile, Excise Minister T. Padma Rao said the government was planning to supply special equipment for toddy tappers to climb palm trees to avoid accidents and control risks.
Recently, a team of officials had been to Kerala and other locations to study the measures adopted in such areas. Under a pilot project, a few equipment would be supplied to toddy tappers in Nalgonda shortly, he said.
In reply to a question by legislator T. Prakash Goud on toddy shops in GHMC limits, the Minister said 87 toddy shops were being operated in GHMC limits and over 2,800 tappers were getting benefited due to these shops.
When TRS MLA V. Srinivas Goud pointed out poor maintenance and cutting of trees in some areas, the Minister admitted and said officials were facing legal hurdles in few cases.
Land owners in few areas were cutting the trees, citing ownership of lands. However, the government was planting two crore palm saplings next year under Haritha Haram programme for the benefit of toddy tappers in the State, he informed.