Dhanteras, an auspicious occasion of worship for Lakshmi transformed into the Annapurna festival for the construction workers in the state
CM Shri Bhupendra Patel inaugurates 155 new Kendras of the Shramik Annapurna Yojana throughout the state
Minister of Labor and Employment, Shri Balvantsinh Rajput remains present: Ministers remained present at district headquarters
Construction workers will avail of the complete meal benefit at Rs. 5
PM Shri Narendra Modi has introduced numerous successful schemes to address the housing, health, income, and education needs of the underprivileged: CM Shri Bhupendra Patel
The schemes aim for 100% beneficiary coverage, striving for effective service delivery, good governance, and the welfare of the poor
The objective is to establish a welfare state, akin to ‘Ramarajya,’ by realizing the mantra of ‘Har Hath Ko Kaam, Ane Bhukhya Ne Bhojan’
Together with the laborers and farmers, let’s collaboratively build a Viksit Gujarat, contributing to the vision of a Viksit Bharat@2047 during the Amrit Kaal
Inaugurating 155 new kendras of the Shramik Annapurna Yojana across the state, CM Shri Bhupendra Patel emphasized that PM Shri Narendra Modi has implemented numerous successful schemes focused on health, housing, income, and education for the benefit of the poor, deprived, and the most vulnerable members of society. The CM highlighted the overarching goal of these initiatives – promoting good governance and the welfare of the underprivileged. The Shramik Annapurna Yojana, providing meals to construction workers at a nominal rate of five rupees, reflects the commitment to these principles.
Shri Balwant Singh Rajput, the Minister of Industries, Labor, and Employment remained present at the event. Additionally, Cabinet Ministers and officials inaugurated Shramik Annapurna Kendras at several district headquarters across the state.
CM Shri Bhupendra Patel expressed that the administration led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is deeply committed to the well-being of the poor, underprivileged, victims, and marginalized individuals. He highlighted the centrality of uplifting the Antyodaya (the most underprivileged) in every government initiative. The CM highlighted that the concept of saturation, aiming for the successful delivery of schemes to 100 percent of the intended beneficiaries, is shaping up under the guidance and inspiration of the Prime Minister.
CM Shri Bhupendra Patel highlighted that the PM, during the challenging times of the Corona pandemic, ensured that meals reached everyone to prevent any poor person from going to bed hungry. Additionally, health services were provided, and post-Corona, financial support was extended through loan assistance to small traders and entrepreneurs. The Chief Minister further explained that financial help has been provided to 3 lakh street vendors under the PM SVANidhi Yojana.
He emphasized that the PM envisions comprehensive and holistic development for the welfare of the poor and underprivileged. Ensuring housing for the impoverished and offering educational opportunities for their children is a priority.
The CM praised the State Government’s initiative of the Dhanvantari Rath, which brings health services directly to construction sites for the well-being of construction workers. By adhering to the mantra of ‘Har Hath Ko Kaam Ane Bhukhya Ne Bhojan,’ the government is actively contributing to the creation of a welfare state reminiscent of Ramrajya.
The Chief Minister also urged for the maintenance of the quality and regularity of meals distributed to construction workers under the Shramik Annapurna Yojana.
Emphasizing the importance of Sauno Saath, Sauno Vikas in this period of Amrit Kaal, the Chief Minister called for the realization of PM Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of “Viksit Bharat@2047” by building a Viksit Gujarat. On the 104th birth anniversary of the founder of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Dattopant Thangadi, he considered this service for the welfare of workers as valuable.
Labor, Skill Development, and Employment Minister Shri Balvantsinh Rajput, on this occasion, highlighted that in alignment with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s nutrition campaign, and under the guidance of the Chief Minister, the Shramik Annapurna Yojana has been initiated in the state of Gujarat. Its aim is to ensure that workers receive sufficient nutrition to maintain good health.
The Shramik Food Distribution Kendras were initially operational at 118 kadianakas in 10 districts of Gujarat State. In response to the overwhelming demand from workers and to enhance their convenience, the Shramik Annapurna Yojana’s coverage was expanded. A total of 273 kadianakas in 17 districts were selected, and 155 new centers were set to be inaugurated. Construction workers registered under the Kalyan Board would receive a meal for their entire family.
Approximately 75,000 workers throughout the state would benefit from this initiative. The Chief Minister personally visited the newly established food center at Vaishnodevi and shared a meal with the workers.
The minister highlighted that guided by the Prime Minister of the country, Shri Narendra Modi, the state government stood in support of workers during the challenging times of the Corona pandemic. The government allocated a total of Rs 1500 crore to provide accommodation arrangements for more than three lakh workers. To enhance the welfare of workers, the Gujarat Building and Other Construction Labor Welfare Board have implemented 20 schemes. Additionally, a 25% increase in wages has been granted to a total of two crore workers by the state government. Furthermore, ‘Kaushalya – The Skill University’ has been established under the guidance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, aiming to provide skilled manpower to industries.
In her welcoming address, Dr. Anju Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary of the Department of Labour, Skill Development, and Employment, emphasized that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has consistently expressed concern for the welfare of construction workers who have played a significant role in the development of the state of Gujarat.
During the event, Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel and Labor, Skill Development, and Employment Minister Shri Balvantsinh Rajput, along with other dignitaries, distributed cheques in support of various welfare schemes administered by the Gujarat Building and Other Construction Labor Welfare Board to working families. As a symbolic gesture, tiffins and bags were also distributed to the workers.
The event was attended by several notable dignitaries, including Ahmedabad MP Shri Hasmukh Patel, MLA Shri Harshad Patel, City Mayor Smt. Pratibha Jain, Deputy Mayor Shri Jatin Patel, Ahmedabad Municipal Standing Committee Chairman Shri Devang Dani, Labor Commissioner Shri Anupam Anand, Director of Employment and Training Department Shri Gargi Jain, Collector Shri Praveena DK, District Development Officer Shri Mehul Dave, along with other invited guests and a large number of workers.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat