Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar:  The state government will provide houses to labourers at low price in five towns including Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Jajpur, Paradip and Berhampur soon. The houses will be provided through the Odisha Housing and Urban Development Department, announced Labour Minister Prafulla Mallick here today.

Addressing a gathering on the Labour Day celebration, the Minister said registration of unorganised and domestic labourers shall be undertaken through the Construction Workers Welfare Board (CWWB). He further said special action plan would be chalked out to abolish child labour in the state.

On the ocasion, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik laid foundation stone for the construction of proposed shelter homes for construction workers at 21 places across the state, including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Berhampur, Paradip, Angul, Dhenkanal and Jharsuguda through video conference.

On welfare of Odia labourers working in Telengana, the Chief Minister said he had a discussion with the Telengana Home and Labour Minister in this regard.

“We have stepped up our efforts to bring labourers to the mainstream and provide social security to them. A number of projects were launched today, including a social security board for workers in unorganised sector, a welfare board for workers in organised sector and a Help Desk for migrant workers in the state of Telengana,” Patnaik mentioned.

It may be mentioned that 18,45,000 construction workers have been registered by the CWWB and have been provided with Rs 389 crore as financial assistance.