Activities of the Nagaland Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board
The Welfare Board conducts awareness and sensitization programmes for the local workforce to make them aware of the importance of construction related activities and its viability in the economic upliftment of their families. The Welfare Board also conducts regular training programmes for training local youths to start participating in construction activities and conducts further skill up-gradation training for those who are already involved as a worker in construction, in order to enhance their earning capacity by enhancing their skills. Kiphire district being one of the aspiration districts of the country, the welfare board have conducted special trainings for workers in the district in brick masonry, Floor tiling and Electrical. All together 114 workers were trained during the special training programme.
The registration of beneficiaries is continuing in all the districts. The different welfare schemes provided to the beneficiaries and their families are: Insurance cover under Aam Admi Bima Yojana (AABY), Pradhan Mantri Jevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (BMJJBY) and Pradhan Mantyri Suraksha Bima Yojana (BMSBY), Children education assistance of ₹500 per month per child for two children, Medical assistance of ₹1,000 per day on hospitalization of any member of the registered beneficiary family, Maternity assistance of ₹5,000 per delivery for a maximum of two deliveries, to the wives of registered beneficiaries and women registered beneficiaries, and Annual Grant for purchase of tools.
Soft Skill training for construction workers:
Though the local workers are trained and equally equipped in different skills of construction through the trainings imparted by the Welfare Board Through its training partner Zynorique Initiative Society (ZIS), the gap still remains in the employability of these trained local worksforce as against the migrant workers. A comprehensive study was conducted in order to identify the reason for non employability of the local workers, and it has been revealed that there is a need to train the local workers in developing work etiquette and a positive attidute towards work. Therefore, the department through the Welfare Board, conducts ‘Soft Skill’ training from time to time in then identified pockets where the construction workers are accessible. In the second phase, 300 workers from different pockets of wokha town and Chukitong area were successfully trained on soft skill. The second phase will cover another three districts.