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Loans will be made available labourers for self-employment

Jabalpur, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the service to labourers is equal to serving God. Government will take all essential steps to remove the problems of labourers. He said that labourers have maximum contribution in the hike in State Growth Rate and Agriculture Growth Rate. He was addressing a state-level unorganized labourers meeting organized at Panagar block headquarters of Jabalpur district. The Chief Minister had a direct dialogue with the labourers about their problems and resolved to redress each of their grievances.

CM announced that pucca houses will be made available to every labourer of the state. This work will be completed within three years. He said that pucca houses will be made available to the labourers in cities. Families of labourers in villages will be marked and given pattas besides making funds available to them for construction of pucca houses.

Government to pay fees for education of labourers’ children - Chouhan said that government will bear the fees of children of labourers for their education starting from Class I to Doctorate. This will include engineering, medical and prestigious management institutes. The Chief Minister said that Shramoday Vidyalayas will be opened in Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior and Indore on the lines of public schools for children of the labourers. All facilities will be made available to these children in these schools.

Free coaching to outstanding students of labourers - Chouhan announced to make free coaching available in the best coaching institutes for the outstanding children of unorganized labourers to prepare them for competitive examinations to be held for prestigious services. He said the fees of these institutes will be paid by the government. The Chief Minister said that facilities will be made for treatment of labourers with serious ailments in well-known private hospitals. If need arises arrangements will be made for their treatment in big cities also. Announcing to set up small term training centres for labourers engaged in petty trade from the unorganized sector, he said that unskilled laboureres will now be made skilled labourers.

Chouhan said that it is our dream that labourers of the state become capable enough to set up their own enterprises. For this arrangement of one-year training will be made for them and bank loan will be made available for them so that they become self-reliant. They will also get subsidy on loans and the loan guarantee will be taken by the government. He said that loan will be made available to one lakh labourers every year for self-employment.

Rs 4,000 to pregnant women labourers for nutritious meals - The Chief Minister said that a complete health check-up will be conducted of labourers’ children under five years of age and special nutritious meals will be arranged for the malnourished children. Shri Chouhan announced that Rs 4,000 will be provided to 6 to 9 months pregnant women labourers for nutrition. After delivery, government will get Rs 12,500 deposited in the accounts of the concerned woman so that she is not compelled to work under such conditions and can rest at home.

Rs 4 lakhs to families of deceased labourers - Chouhan informed about distribution of slippers/shoes under Charan Paduka Yojana and another scheme for distribution of cold water bottles to women labourers who collect tendu leaves, mahua flowers and chirounji. He said that arrangement is being made for cash payment of Rs 5, 000 from Panchayat/Urban unit in case of death of a labourer so that the last rites can be performed with dignity. The Chief Minister announced that the family of the deceased labourer will be given Rs 2 lakhs in case of his natural death and Rs 4 lakh in case of death in an accident.

Registration campaign begins - The Chief Minister said that the registration campaign of labourers has begun from today which will be complete by the month of May. For this a special portal has been created. It is sufficient for the labourer to write to the concerned Panchayat or Urban Unit for registration that he is a labourer, does not have a job and does not pay income tax. Mentioning the woes of those riding cycle-rickshaws, Chouhan said that initiative will be taken to provide e-rickshaws to them. Similarly, steps will be taken to give e-loaders to hand cart owners. For this Rs 30 thousand subsidy will be made available along with 5 per cent interest grant. People doing small jobs in cities will be provided with Rs 4,000 for cycles. The Chief Minister said that families of all unorganized labourers will be given power connections at a flat rate of Rs 200 per month.