Board for Welfare of Scribes

  • Dattatreya says a national body will be formed soon
  • ESI dispensary in Nalgonda district soon
  • New law on anvil to protect workers in unorganized sector

Hyderabad, January 28: Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya today said the Centre will set up a special Board for welfare of journalists at national level.

Participating in a program at Bhongir in Nalgonda district on Wednesday, Dattatreya said keeping in view the journalists’ welfare and their protection, the BJP-led NDA government has decided to set up a board for them at national level.

Speaking to media persons later, Dattatreya announced that an ESI dispensary will be opened for the laborers and workers in Nalgonda district. He also said a whopping Rs 27,000 crore funds have been lying unutilised in his department for several years and the same would be disbursed among the workers in a couple of months. The Centre, he said, has taken a decision to distribute these funds among the laborers at national level besides giving them Smart Cards for social security. These Cards will help the working class get health insurance, Aam Admi insurance, old-age pension and other benefits, he said.

Dattatreya also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was contemplating to bring in a new legislation for protection of workers in the unorganized sector in the country. The Centre is getting ready to come up with a new law probably in the next parliament session, he said. The Centre will also help the working class across the country to get benefits from various schemes through linkage of Aadhar Cards, Dattatreya maintained. Stating that for the development and welfare of the two Telugu States he would work with the two chief ministers, he said he would talk to K Chandrasekhar Rao and N Chandrababu Naidu to iron out the differences. (NSS)

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