Labour dept to focus on women employment

The Times of India Kochi, January 25, 2014

Team TOI

The labour sector has received an allocation of Rs 470 crore in this year's state budget. An amount of Rs 63.10 crore will be spent on upgrading industrial training institutes. Finance minister K M Mani announced that a new residential industrial training centre will be set up in Calicut and a technical training centre will be set up in Thiruvananthapuram on PPP mode by Kerala Skills Excellence Academy to promote skills in aviation and other related sectors.

Mani also said that the employment department will initiate a project titled 'Saranya' under which women will be given an opportunity to be self-employed. The project will ensure the welfare of unemployed widows, divorced women and unmarried women by enabling them to acquire skills in various jobs. An amount of Rs 14 crore has been set aside in the budget for the Saranya scheme.

Besides women self-entrepreneurship scheme will be launched in the state. This will be implemented with assistance from Kudumbashree mission and college students who form entrepreneurship groups will be given 5% grace marks. The budget also provides for 80% as bank loan of the total project cost.

An amount of Rs 20 crore has been kept aside for setting up skill development centres for training in 3D and fibre optics. Multipurpose job clubs will be launched in the state for qualified job aspirants who have registered themselves in the unorganized sector.

The finance minister also announced an insurance scheme for agricultural labourers, cashew nut factory labourers, fishermen and other traditional labourers. The heir will be given as insurance amount of Rs 2 lakh in case of the death of a labourer. An amount of Rs 5 crore has been allocated for the insurance scheme.

The government will also initiate distribution of unique identification cards for migrant labourers. Details regarding their native place, family background, caste and creed will be collected as part of the scheme. The project will be implemented at a cost of Rs 3 crore.