During the enforced lockdown due to Covid-19, two crore workers associated with building and other construction work received cash assistance of Rs 4,957 crore. The Ministry of Labor and Employment gave this information on Tuesday.
The statement issued by the Ministry of Labor said, ‘Following the advisory issued by the Ministry of Labor and Employment on 24 March 2020, the state governments disbursed significant financial assistance of Rs 4,957 crore to about two crores registered construction labourers during the lockdown. The ministry has said that 1.75 crore transactions were directly transferred to the bank accounts of the workers.
Apart from cash assistance of Rs 1,000 to Rs 6,000 during lockdown, some states have also provided food and ration to the workers. The Ministry of Labor and Employment is working as the nodal ministry for coordination with all the state governments and the State Welfare Board on the issue of welfare of construction workers.
The ministry has said that it left no stone unturned to ensure timely cash transfers to those people. It is noteworthy that the workers engaged in building and other construction work fall in the most vulnerable category working in the unorganized sector.
The Ministry has stated that these workers work in formidable conditions with uncertain future. Most of them are migrant laborers who work far away from their native place. These people play a remarkable role in nation building, yet are marginalized in society.