Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday mentioned that the Centre will direct state governments to utilise the development employees’ welfare fund to help these employees towards financial disruption because of the 21-day lockdown within the wake of the coronavirus disaster. Addressing the media right here, Sitharaman mentioned that the fund created by a central authorities’s Act presently has about Rs 31,000 crore in it. A complete of round 3.5 crore employees are registered beneath the Act.
“Clearly, due to the way in which we now have taken a name to comprise the coronavirus with a lockdown so that individuals keep at residence and do not expose themselves to the chance, because of this, many constructing and development employees could also be feeling the impression as a result of their work has come to a halt,” she mentioned.
“There’s a welfare fund for constructing and different development employees’ welfare. We intend to offer instructions to the states to make the most of this fund to offer help and help to these employees within the development and constructing sectors to guard them towards any financial disruption.”
A number of consultants and business gamers, together with builders, had demanded financial help to the development employees whose work has come to a standstill because of the lockdown.
Together with different main bulletins, the minister additionally introduced that the federal government has directed states to make use of district mineral fund for the coronavirus medical bills.
States will use district mineral fund for medical screening, amenities, and healthcare wants, she mentioned.
Issues have been raised prior to now few days over the medical infrastructure within the nation to take care of the illness and the required funds for the requisite amenities.
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