On February 23, the Chairman of the Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, Mr Subash Singh and the District Labor Officer Mr Ambika Mishra, distributed 521 labor cards to construction labor in Khurda, at an awareness camp organized by the CFAR team in Bhubaneswar with support from the Odisha Nirman Sramik Sangh. The workers had applied for the cards through the Prayas Single Window and within a month of the public hearing (held on January 31, 2018), the Labor Department had sanctioned the labor cards.
While distributing the cards, the Chairman congratulated CFAR on its effort to organize and create awareness among construction workers and also expressed his gratitude to CFAR for supporting the department in identifying actual beneficiaries who were engaged in building and other construction work. He added that this had helped in excluding other unorganized workers for whom there are separate provisions, under a board for unorganized workers. In this context he suggested that CFAR should work also for the inclusion of workers in urban settlements in the board for unorganized sector so that they could avail of various entitlements.
At the event, Mr. Ramkrishna Panda, Member OB&OCWW Board informed the workers on the latest provision that had been included in the Board of spouse pension and explained that prior to this only the construction worker was eligible for pension after 60 years, but now after his/her death the spouse can also avail of the pension. Moreover, the girl child of workers were eligible for receiving promotional benefits under the Board, like exclusive scholarships, from class 5 and onwards. The DLO also declared that enrolment camps would be conducted by the Labor Department in CFAR’s settlements through the Praysh Single Window.
The Department of Labor put up a display of IEC material on the welfare measures available to construction workers under their Board and also distributed leaflets to the workers.