Committed to providing social security and welfare benefits to migrant and construction workers who were hit hard during the second wave of COVID-19, the Uttar Pradesh government has linked them with several schemes.
In this regard, the state government waived the fee for registration and renewal and registration of over 73.61 lakh workers, involved in 40 odd construction works from April 1, 2017 to July 31, 2021.
Aiming to improve their livelihood, registration of these workers was earlier made compulsory at construction sites where 10 or more labourers were engaged. In case of construction of residential buildings costing more than Rs 10 lakh, a similar provision has been made. To benefit the workers, the government has also registered in excess of 1.23 lakh such construction sites from April 1, 2017 to July 31, 2021 to include them in the schemes.
Notably, the state government is already providing a number of benefit schemes, including maternity, child and girl child help in case of the death of a construction worker and disability assistance and disability pension in case of bodily harm or disability. To educate meritorious children of the labourers and workers, the government has started the Meritorious Students Award Scheme and Sant Ravidas Shiksha Sahayata Yojana. Similarly, for the marriage of daughters of labourers, Kanya Vivah Sahayata Yojana has come as a huge support. The state government has been continuously making various efforts to improve their livelihood and has been making sure that the benefits of welfare schemes reach the last person standing in society.