SHILLONG, Apr 9: Meghalaya Deputy Commissioner, Prestone Tynsong who is also in-charge of the Labour department informed that a total of 22, 826 persons registered under the Building and Construction Workers Welfare Fund has received Rs 1000 as their entitlement on April 7, due to the 21-day nationwide lockdown to combat COVID-19.
“The department has been instructed to release another Rs 2000 by April 11, as their entitlement for their second and third week of the lockdown,” Tynsong informed.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Minister also informed that so far 98000 applicants have registered for financial assistance under the Chief Minister’s Relief Against Wage Loss Scheme to all wage earners, daily labourers and petty traders (unregistered daily wage earners) who are out of work due to the COVID-19 ‘lockdown’.
He however said that this was not the final tally since certain Block Development Officers are yet to submit the list of beneficiaries. According to him the number may touch 1,10,000 persons.
Such persons will receive of Rs. 700 per week and the financial assistance will be transferred directly to the eligible beneficiary’s account.
Tynsong also informed that under the MGNREGA, wages to the tune of Rs 316.60 crore has been released.
“Not less than 3.45 lakh households have benefitted,” he said.