BMC to provide financial aid to building and construction workers

Bhubaneswar: In a way to help out the economy of the Building and other Construction (BoC) workers, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to extend its help in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

This specific financial assistance will be executed through Odisha Construction Workers Welfare Board for the workers affected by the aftermath of the global pandemic.

As per the data provided by District Labour Office, a total no of 57,069 BoC workers will be benefited through this assistance where each of them will get Rs.1500, directly in their locality or through transfer to respective accounts.

Ward-wise distribution is the first choice for the ULB if it is a direct field level distribution.

About 1,500 beneficiaries will be given the assistance directly in the Saliasahi area of the city in the first attempt. As the area is vast and comes under four wards of BMC, ward-wise distribution may not be suitable for the purpose.

As per the information shared by District Labour Office there is specific identification number of each worker, along with local address, bank details, and mobile number etc.

However, there is instruction for maintaining social distancing during distribution of assistance.

Senior officials of BMC, BDA and BSCL will be heading different areas as per sectors distributed to them.

Due importance will be given for sanitisation, announcement about location, maintenance of acquintance, verification of Aadhar number etc.

For ease of distribution Zonal Deputy Commisioners will execute the plan in their respective zones.

However, no distribution will be done during hot hours of afternoon i.e.1 PM to 3 PM as the temperature would be high.

Besides the information provided by the district office will be verified as this is a financial assistance, said Suratha Chandra Mallick, Additional Commissioner, BMC.

There will be Police and support staff from Education Department and and Housing Board.

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