Minister for Finance, Education, Labour and Employment Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today chaired the maiden meeting of Jammu & Kashmir Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (JKBOCWWB). and mandated a slew of roles to the panel for welfare of unorganized sector workers.The Board members, MLA Altaf Ahmed Wani, MLA Rajiv Jastrotia besides others including those representing state Government, unorganized workers, unorganized sector employers and eminent persons from civil society attended the meeting.The participants deliberated on range of proposals moved for establishing the role and activities of the board towards fulfillment of its mandate.The Minister said that the government is for making the board as major relief provider for the workers associated with the unorganized sector. He asked the members to meet on regular intervals to review and assess the achievements of the board towards meeting the welfare and aspirations of this neglected class of workers - a cause which has remained unattended so far.
He stressed on the need to synergizing the efforts of all members representing varied section of society to activate the prestigious panel. “There is a need to make the board a vibrant institution to enable it to meet its role of providing succor to the targeted lot,” the Minister asserted.Meanwhile, the Minister approved around 7 agenda proposals including constitution of a committee comprising functionaries of finance, Labour and employment, Education, Technical Education and Social Welfare Departments to take holistic view of the available schemes and to formulate comprehensive scheme for unorganized workers. The meeting also approved the proposal to notify the District Employment Centres as Facilitation Centres for registration of these workers, creation of web portal for registration and launching massive campaign to create awareness about registration and welfare schemes.