Shimla, May 2: Himachal Pradesh government yesterday announced to construct four hostels for labourers and increased their medical reimbursement allowance from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 per year.
"The hostels would be constructed at a cost of Rs 10 crore," Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh announced at May Day rally at Tahliwal in Una yesterday.
"Labour laws are being strictly implemented, government has taken effective steps to provide better residential accommodation and health facilities to labour.
"We have enhanced the medical reimbursement allowance of labourers from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 per year besides increasing the financial assistance for education upto two children, from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000," the chief minister said.
The state government also increased financial assistance to next of kin of the labourers, in case of his death, from Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh, Singh said.
The chief minister said that the government will give Skill Development Allowance to unemployed educated youth.
"5,000 labourers, working in building and construction works, alongwith their dependents, would be imparted skill development training this year," he said.
Singh announced that a new industrial area will be developed in Una district and a Primary Heath Centre would be opened at Panjawar and labour hostel at Tahliwal/Bathu village.