Kerala establishes welfare board for workers under employment guarantee programmes

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala set up a welfare board for the workers of employment guarantee schemes in the state. At least 26.71 lakh labourers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee programme and 2.5 lakh workers of the Ayyankali Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme will receive the benefits of the newly formed welfare board.

With this, Kerala became the first state to have a welfare board for the beneficiaries of employment guarantee programmes in the country. The state government mulled to form the welfare board during the tenure of the first Pinarayi government. The decisions regarding the operations of the board will be decided soon.

MGNREGA workers’ union leader S Rajendran has been selected as the welfare board chairman.

Benefits ensured via welfare board

  • Members of the welfare board will receive benefits, including pensions after reaching 60 years of age
  • Workers in the age group of 18-55 can join the welfare board. A monthly share of Rs 50 has to be paid
  • If beneficiary dies, pension will be dispensed to their kin
  • Financial assistance for family if beneficiary dies due to illness or accident
  • Financial aid for beneficiaries affected by critical illness
  • Financial assistance for women members for marriages, maternity benefits and support for education of children

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