Minister for Labour, Planning and Development Ajay Kumar Sadhotra today said that an innovative scheme has been launched for the welfare of skilled and unskilled workers, which will go a long way in mitigating their problems and ensuring their welfare.The Minister was chairing a meeting of the Jammu and Kashmir Building Construction Workers Welfare Board here this afternoon.The Minister, who is chairman of the Board, stressed the need for generating awareness among the targeted segments of the society, so that they can benefit from the programme. He also asked the officers to ensure that the workers get themselves registered with the Board so that their legitimate aspirations are fulfilled.The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Finance Mr B.B. Vyas, Housing Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Mr Satish Nehru, Secretary Law Mohammad Ashraf, Member of the Board Mr A. R Parray and Chief Engineer R&B, Jammu Mr. A H Sheikh.
The meeting discussed several issues with regard to streamlining the functioning of the Board and taking initiatives for improving the working conditions of the Labour force. To ensure coordinated working across the state, the meeting discussed about creation of staff for the district units of the Board.The meeting also discussed issuance of Identity Cards and streamlining the registration process of the workers. Threadbare discussions were held regard digitalization of Provident Fund Scheme, Computerisation of registration, Payment record and the details about the family status of the workers. . It also deliberated upon the establishment of special ITI’s near industrial hubs where sufficient population of workers reside, so that vocational trainings could be imparted to the workers and their families. Skill development up- gradation of the construction workers to enable them to enhance their capabilities and output, demonstration of latest tools and techniques of works at work places were other issued discussed in the meeting.