Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and other dignitaries presented awards worth Rs.17.60-lakh to various categories of labourers under the government’s ‘Shramev Jayate’ scheme on the occasion of Vishwakarma Jayanti at a function here today.
The awards included Shram Ratna Rs.25,000, Shram Bhushan Rs.15,000, Shram Veer Rs.10,000, Shram Shri and Shram Devi Rs.5,000 each.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that labour force has emerged as the third force in the development of the nation and the state, hailing the farmer and soldiers through the slogans of ‘Jai Jawan’ and ‘Jai Kisan’ in a predominantly agricultural country. The laboureres also deserved respect for the hard work they put in.
He said that Gujarat attained the status of Best Destination for Investment due to the state’s biennial Vibrant Gujarat Summit. The state is known for industrial peace and healthy industry-worker relation, also known for minimum lockouts and workers’ strike. The government gives minimum wages, bonus and other rights to the workers. The approach has been to provide right job at the right time, and right wages for the right job. He knows it better as he has served earlier as Labour and Employment Minister in the Government.
Paying his tributes to the martyrs in the terrorist attack at Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir, the Chief Minister reiterated the Prime Minister’s appeal to have faith in the Government, in the Armed Forces. The nation has woken up to awareness on patriotism. The martyrdom won’t go waste.
He also flagged off 17 Dhanwantri Rath (mobile dispensaries) to provide medical facilities to construction and other workers in the unorganized sector.
Labour and Employment Minister Dilip Kumar Thakor congratulating the awardees said the state government presents awards worth Rs.8.80-lakh every year. He said that 17 Dhanwantri Raths pressed into service earlier have so far served 9-lakh workers. The Shramyogi Bandhkam Board has extended educational assistance worth Rs.380crore to 81,828 beneficiaries, maternity benefits of Rs.5,000-7,500 to the wives of workers at the time of delivery, Bhagya Lakshmi Bond, Antyeshti Yojna, Annapurna Yojna and other facilities.
Additional Chief Secretary for Labour and Employment Vipul Mitra said the awards are given to 64 workers in four zones every year. This time it is being given to 135. He said that 27-lakh workers are engaged in 42,000 factories and 7-lakh smaller units in the state. The state government gives Rs.776-crore assistance to 9-lakh workers.
Those present on the occasion included MLA Shmabhuji Thakor, Industrial Safety and Health Director C.J. Patel, Joint Director P.S. Shah and other senior officers
Source: Information Department, Gujarat