UP announces pension, lunch scheme for labourers on May Day

The International Labour Day, today was special for the labourers in Uttar Pradesh as the Samajwadi party government formally launched the pension, free bicycle and subsidised lunch packets for them. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, also joined a community lunch with the labourers on the day to express his concern for the community. The CM in his address said that his government was doing everything possible to provide sops for the labourers and improving their living conditions in the state.

He said that schools for children of the labourers has been started 12 districts including Kannauj, Kanpur, Etawah, Ferozabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Moradabad, Lalitpur, Bhadoi, Azamgarh and Bahriach. Mr Yadav, during the day attended two programmes, first at his official residence, launched the pension scheme for the labourers. On the occassion, the CM also handed over the first cheque to 100 beneficieries. Under the pension scheme, a labourer attaining 60 years of age, and registered at least 3 year back would be elegible for a pension of Rs 1000 per month. Presently 2630 labourers would received this pension. After the death of the pensioners, his spouse would be eligible for the pension. The CM also said that four lakh free bicycles have been distributed among the labourers and today flagged off 1000 such bicycles on the International Labour day. However, the main attraction of today's programme was the community lunch by the CM along with the labourers engaged in the construction work of the new secretariat in front of the Vidhan Sabha .

The CM, along with state labour minister Shahid Manzoor and state pension minister Rajendra Choudhury, tasted the lunch packet to be supplied to the labourers at subsidised rate. The subsidised lunch packets for the labourers would cost just Rs 10 each where they would be provided fresh dal, 2 subjis, 300 grams of rotis (around 12) along with gur and salads. Though the cost of each food packet would be of Rs 41 but the state government would bear the rest cost of the packet. As a pilot project, CM launched the lunch packets for labourers working at Awadh Vihar, Vrindavan Enclave, Amausi Metro station and New secretariat building in the first phase of the scheme. Meanwhile ,state labour minister Shahid Manzoor said that presently 27 lakhs labourers are registered with the state labour department of which 3.6 lakhs were registered between January 2015 and January 2016. He also said presently 6.26 lakh labourers have been provided benefits to the tune of Rs 359 crores by the present Samajwadi Party government.

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