Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday announced free education and healthcare facilities,besides housing facilities at easy installments,for migrant labourers in the state.
At an event organised by Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Parishad to celebrate Vishwakarma Diwas here today,Badal said his government would soon open schools and primary health care centres or dispensaries in migrant-dominated areas to provide quality education and healthcare facilities for them. The state government will bear the entire expenditure of these centres. Badal said he had directed deputy commissioners across the state to conduct surveys to identifying places to construct the schools and dispensaries.
Badal also announced a housing facility for migrants at easy installments. Migrants will not have to pay for the land for the houses,and construction charges will be collected from them through easy installments. The government will ensure that one-third of the houses constructed under housing schemes are reserved for migrants to make sure they feel at home.
Migrant labourers have played a vanguard role in putting the state on a high growth trajectory and proved their mettle in every field,Badal said. It is the duty of the state government to ensure the well-being of those who are contributing to the economic development of the state by staying away from their families,he added.
The Chief Minister said special camps would be organised across the state by the district administrations to make ration cards,Aadhaar cards and voter cards of all eligible migrants.
Eligible beneficiaries will also be entitled to subsidised atta-dal under the flagship Atta-Dal scheme of the state government. Badal said that he would personally monitor all these schemes and ensure that migrants benefit from them.
Slamming the Congress,Badal,said,The pro-rich policies of the Congress have broken the backbone of the common man. The party has done nothing for the poor,apart from shedding crocodile tears on issues pertaining to them.
Migrants from Uttar Pradesh,Bihar and Rajasthan have been much in demand in Punjab for agricultural and industrial operations for several decades.
However,in the recent past,labour from outside the state has been in short supply,particularly during harvesting seasons.
Among other factors,availability of jobs due to MNREGA and increased pace of development in these states has led to shortage of labour force in Punjab,causing serious concern to the government as well as to farmers and industry.