Panaji: Rising to the occasion, the state government has sanctioned relief to labourers and construction workers to mitigate the hardships induced by the nationwide lockdown against the COVID-19 spread.
As an emergency relief during the lockdown period, the Goa Labour Welfare Board has sanctioned Rs 4000 each to 4000 labourers, and the Goa Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board has sanctioned Rs 6,000 each to 15,000 workers who are registered with the labour and employment department.
Labour and Employment Minister Jennifer Monserrate on Saturday said the government decided to extend the relief to the labourers to tide over the trying times.
As an emergency measure, all registered construction workers – around 15,000 – will get a monetary package equivalent to 15 days’ wage of a semi-skilled worker, under the ‘Goa Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Assistance Scheme COVID-19’.
“We have also decided to sanction Rs 4,000 as a one-time relief to the workers under the scheme ‘Goa Labour Welfare Board Assistance Scheme COVID-19’. This particular action will give relief to another 4000 eligible labourers,” the minister added.
All transfer will take place transparently through the direct bank transfer scheme.