Odisha: Government hikes pension and other monetary benefits for building and other construction workers
8 March 2019: Government revised the pension for senior construction workers under the Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Act. Pension for workers above 60 years of age but less than 80 years has been hiked from the existing ₹300 to ₹500 per month and that of workers above 80 years of age from ₹500 to ₹700 per month.
The enhanced pension will come into effect retrospectively from February, 2019.
The compensation in case of accident or death and aid for marrying up to two daughters has also been revised. Construction workers are now entitled to ₹2 lakh in case of accident and ₹4 lakh in case of accidental death. Earlier, the compensation for accident and accidental death stood at ₹1Lakh and ₹2Lakh respectively. Financial aid for marriage of up to 2 daughters has been doubled from existing ₹25,000 to ₹50,000.
Maharashtra: Government launches meal scheme for construction workers
7 March 2019: The Maharashtra government has launched Atal Aahar Yojana, a scheme to provide healthy and nutritious meals to construction workers at their worksite for just ₹5 per meal.
The scheme will cover 10,000 workers in the pilot phase and subsequently be expanded to the over 10 Lakh construction workers registered with the Maharashtra State Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board.