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Scheme to be implemented from November 1
Rs.50 crore allotted for scheme this fiscal
KALPETTA: Industries Minister Elamaram Karim has said that the Left Democratic Front government will implement an income support scheme for workers in unorganised sectors in the State from November 1.
Inaugurating the 29th northern regional meet of the Kerala Fire Services Association (KFSA) at the Jinachandra auditorium here on Tuesday, Mr. Karim said though the government had fixed the minimum wages as Rs.160 a day, many of the workers in unorganised sectors did not get the minimum wages so far.
Hence, the government had decided to provide at least 100 days of minimum wages fixed by the State to the workers of the sector, the Minister added.
The difference between the current wages and fixed minimum wages would be provided by the government as a supportive income to them, Mr. Karim said. He added that the government had allotted Rs.50 crore in the planning fund for current fiscal for implementing the project.
Elaborating on modernisation of the force, Mr. Karim said the process was a costly affair but the government was doing its best to achieve it.
Though many changes had taken place in the Fire and Rescue Services of the State as a part of modernising the force during the regime of the LDF government, more steps had to be taken to reach the goal, Mr. Karim said.
Petroleum companies also had the responsibility to compel contract agencies to take necessary safety precautions while transporting petroleum goods, he added.
P. Nazar, president, KFSA, North region, presided over the function. MLAs K.C. Kunhiraman and M.V. Sreyamskumar; K.K. Surendran, president, KSFA State committee; S.H. Al Ameen, general secretary, spoke.
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