On Saturday, Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan distributed protective equipment to 3,873 construction workers registered in the Collectorate.
Social assistance, helmets, masks and gloves, etc. were distributed by the Department of Labor Welfare and Skills Development and the Tamil Nadu Construction Workers Welfare Council.
Speaking at the event, the minister said there has been a huge imbalance in state finances over the past 10 years. “After DMK takes office, we are taking steps to remedy this as well as to increase the disbursement of financial assistance to the disabled, widows and pensioners which, if not granted, is an act against social justice,” he said.
The minister said the primary goal of the state would be to have a clean database of construction workers. He expressed the state’s desire to integrate Tamil Nadu’s 18 social councils to ensure that every worker benefits from the scheme.
Tamil Nadu Construction Workers Welfare Board Chairman Ponkumar, Collector S. Aneesh Sekhar, Mayor Indrani Ponvasanth, Madurai MP Su. Venkatesan, Society Commissioner Simranjeet Singh Kahlon, Madurai South MP Mr Boominathan and others were present.
Earlier, the minister inaugurated a special camp for disabled people and distributed government social assistance on behalf of the Disability Welfare Service to the OCPM Upper Secondary School for Girls here.
Addressing the event, he indicated that measures will be taken to take into account the unidentified rights holders who should benefit from the various social protection schemes put in place by the State.
According to a press release, special camps will be held from September 25-30 and October 6, 7, 10 and 11 in Madurai and its surrounding panchayats and municipalities.