India: The State has a total of 1, 61, 38, 261 unorganised labourers; and out of them, only 3,141 have been registered with the Odisha Unorganised Workers Social Security Board (OUWSSB) so far.
This was revealed from the information provided by the Labour and the Employees State Insurance Minister Sushant Singh in response to a question of BJD Member Aswini Kumar Patra. According to the State Government, there are a total of 1,75,41,589 workers in the State and, of them, 92 per cent belong to unorganised sector.
The Minister informed that the unorganised workers registered with the OUWSSB are being provided aids in the wake of deaths and accidents and health support.
The Minister further informed that a total of 22, 34, 569 construction workers have been registered with Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (OBOCWWB) by March 31, 2018 and, of them, 10,92,581 have been provided various assistances of Rs 767 crore.
Assistances such as stipend for education, marriage of daughters and purchase of equipment and cycles and safety produces are provided to construction workers. Besides, assistances following accident and death and support for treatment of various diseases are provided to them.
The construction workers between the age of 19 and 60 having worked for 90 days in construction sites during a year are eligible for enrollment to the board.