Maharashtra finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, on May 9, 2018, said that the state government would write to the Union Labour Ministry, asking for the centre to include forest labourers as construction workers. “If forest labourers are also included, they too can get the benefit of welfare schemes implemented by the labour board from time to time,” Mungantiwar said.
The minister said labourers engaged in a string of activities, ranging from constructing buildings and roads, to those engaged in construction of tunnels and transmission towers and allied fields, fall under the definition of construction workers. The Maharashtra Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board implements 28 different schemes, in areas like education, health, social security, etc., for registered workers.
The Board ran the ‘Atal Vishwakarma Sanman Yojana’ campaign from February 23 to April 10, 2018, in Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, Amravati and Nagpur. Over two lakh construction workers had registered their names at 96 centres under this campaign. The number of registered active construction workers at the end of March 2018 in Mumbai (Konkan), Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and Aurangabad was 5,46,026.