Gujarat Govt: Hostels For Labourers Will Also Have Canteen Facilities

The state government has told the Gujarat high court that to avoid hardships that the migrant labourers faced during the lockdown, it has launched a housing scheme for them which will have canteen facilities too.

In response to a PIL filed by Child Rights Network, Gujarat, which sought to secure basic rights for migrant labourers, the labour and employment department has stated that it has launched Mukhyamantri Audhyogik Shramyogi and Industrial Housing Aavas (MASIHA) Yojana to construct hostels for labourers in GIDC estates to solve the problem of residence for them.
In addition to residential facilities, the scheme also envisages providing food at reasonable rates, establishment of entertainment, yoga centres and additional rehabilitation centres in labour hostels, the department said.

The department further said that there are 35,000 institutions registered under Factories Act and 8,60,311 shops under Establishment Act. There are nearly 40 lakh workers registered in these establishments. It further said, “During the first wave of the pandemic, migrant workers faced many difficulties due to lack of accommodation, transport, food and nutrition, difficulty in working in shift duties etc.”

To address this problem MASIHA Yojana has been launched for construction of hostels on PPP model in GIDC estates, to begin with six GIDCs in Sanand, Mehsana, Ankleshwar, Sapar-Veraval, Becharaji and Morbi and thereafter such hostels will be established in other GIDC estates.

The government has decided to complete establishment of these hostels within 28 months. It has also laid down conditions for the private parties to implement the project. The land will be given on lease for 30 years at token rate of Re 1.

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