Port Blair, June 23: The 28th meeting of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board was held today in the Conference Hall of the Office of the Labour Commissioner and Directorate of Employment & Training, A & N Administration, Supply Line, Port Blair under the Chairmanship of Dr. Anil Agarwal, Secretary (Labour & Employment), A&N Administration / Chairman, ANIBOCWWB, wherein the Chief Engineer (APWD), Representative of NHIDCL, Representatives of Trade Unions and officials from the Office of Labour Commissioner were attended the meeting.

The Chairman of the Board welcomed the Members and updated the various activities being undertaken by the Board for the welfare of the beneficiary workmen in pursuance with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India. The Chairman further elaborated that the Board is in process of extending benefits under Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) schemes for the registered construction workers of the Board.

During the meeting various issues relating to the extension of social security assistance to the registered construction workers of the Board were discussed and the Chairman of the Board emphasised the need to ensure the extension of benefits/assistance to the registered construction workers of the Board. The Chairman also urged the Members to create awareness in respect of the benefits offered by the Board through various welfare schemes among the workers engaged in construction works.

After deliberations, the Board unanimously approved to release of Rs. 23.05 Lakhs against 66 claims preferred by the registered construction workers under prescribed Welfare Schemes viz. Death Assistance, Medical Assistance, Pension Benefit, Education Assistance and Maternity Assistance. Accordingly, the process of disbursement of financial benefits/assistances to the approved beneficiaries shall be initiated through DBT mode. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board were constituted in the year 2009 with the purpose to provide various social security schemes to the registered construction workers. Presently, the Board is implementing 9 Social Security Schemes for the welfare of the registered construction workers.     

The Board has been disbursed an amount of Rs. 33.22 crores to the eligible beneficiary workmen under these schemes since its inception.