New pension scheme
for construction workers cleared
HYDERABAD: The Buildings and Other Construction Workers
Welfare Board, which met here on Monday presided over by Chief Minister K.
Rosaiah, its chairman, finally cleared the new pension scheme proposed for
building and construction workers in the State.
Under the scheme, a worker who registered his/her name with
the board, will get a pension of Rs 1,000 a month after attaining the age of 60
years. The workers, however, will have to register their names with the board
following the set procedure between 18-50 years of age and pay a premium of Rs.
200 annually to be eligible to get the benefit. The Board and the Union
Government will contribute Rs 1,000 each towards each registered worker.
Speaking to reporters later, Labour Minister R. Venkat
Reddy said the government would consider to bring muttah jatir, hamali workers,
domestic workers, rickshaw-pullers and auto drivers under the purview of the
Unorganised Workers Act of 2008 and constitute a committee to work out a
separate scheme for them. He said so far 8.54 lakh workers had registered
themselves with the board.