Punjab Government has always been on the forefront when it comes to uplifting the status of the farmers, workers and the poor. They have launched several pro-poor and pro-Dalit schemes in Punjab with the primary objective to make benefits available to the poorest of the poor. Believing in Sarbat-da-bhala, the Punjab Govt. has set up schemes for every section of the society. Setting up the agenda for ushering in an era of skill revolution in the country, Punjab Government has launched a-one-of-a-kind preventive and curative measure for the construction workers and their families.
The Building and other Construction Workers Welfare Board (BOCW) has formulated a scheme called the ‘Mobile Lab Scheme’ for detection of Silicosis and other diseases at the initial stage of registered construction workers and their family members at stone-dust prone construction sites.. Under this scheme, a regular medical examination will be done by a team of medical experts who will visit such construction sites in Mobile Vans fitted with X-ray machine, pyrography machine and medical lab to diagnose the disease at an earlier stage.
If any worker or family member is found with any symptoms of silicosis or any other ailment, the subsequent treatment will be provided to them at subsidized rates.
The workers will also be guided about such diseases, so that the preventive measures are taken before hand. The aim of the Punjab government is to help every section of the society by launching different schemes; Mobile Van being one for the aid and support of the construction workers.
In the year 2015, Punjab Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board had sanctioned amount of Rs. 185.66 crore against 87764 applications of the beneficiaries under various Welfare Schemes framed for the upliftment of labourers and workers in unorganized sector. Other than the medical examination, an insurance cover worth Rs. 50,000 for families of construction workers and toilets for labourers at construction sites and their colonies has also been undertaken. Several other welfare schemes have also been approved by the govt. to brighten the future of the construction workers and their families like skill development centres, where proper training will be provided to the workers to avoid mishap and speedy completion of work. Labour sheds-cum-night shelters are also being constructed for the welfare of the workers.