Imphal: Labour and employment minister Dr Thokchom Radheshyam directed officials to develop plans to provide COVID-19 related assistance to the labourers in time as prescribed in the Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant India Movement) Part (1) Businesses including MSMEs; Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (2) – Building and Construction Workers Welfare Fund.
The minister on Monday chaired a review meeting with the officials of the department of labour and employment to assess the preparedness and necessary arrangements undertaken to provide relief and assistance to the labourers in the state.
The meeting was held at his office. It was attended by additional chief secretary, labour and employment, Letkhogin Haokip, under secretary, labour and employment, Huidrom Sofia Devi, deputy labour commissioner Karam Bono Singh and labour inspectors. The officials apprised the minister on the preparations being initiated by the department, a DIPR press release said.
Radheshyam said so far financial assistance of Rs. 1,000 each has been disbursed to 41,114 building and other construction workers from the CESS fund available with the Building and Construction Workers Welfare Board. He also instructed the officials to identify workers/labourers in both the organised and unorganised sector so that timely assistance is extended to them.
On being apprised about the 20,188 migrant workers in the organised sector and some in unorganised sector in Manipur who are under the care of the authorities, the minister said that those who have been left out must be identified soon to assure necessary relief assistance from the government.
Radheshyam recalled the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special economic package of Rs. 20 lakh crore that will serve as an important link in the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan’ (Self Reliant India Campaign)’ on his address to the Nation on May 12.
The minister asked all to contact the department for issues pertaining to any grievances during COVID-19 crisis.