Providing labour welfare benefits is a combination of efforts put in to make a worker's life worth living. These benefits contribute to the well being, satisfaction and prosperity of workers. The state of Haryana has a high number of labourers and working class, who, being poor and without any access to employment opportunities, along with their families, is not able to attain a respected livelihood. Irrespective of the impact of the economy or prevalence of any unfavourable situation, it becomes the responsibility of the government of the state to provide them the much-needed assistance.
As the large proportion of population belongs to the labour class in Haryana, it is necessary that the government should initiate and take measures to work towards their benefits. It is essential that the labourers should be given adequate financial benefits and pension for their livelihood. It is also required that a minimum wage rate should be set for them. Besides, timely payment, fixed wage and pension should be made available to them. As per reports, in Haryana, the minimum wages range from Rs. 213.35 to Rs. 238.35 for the unskilled to the highly skilled workers. The poor workers and labourers are in need of regular and timely pension schemes as well. There are schemes such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and India's National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) which offer pension plans for the elderly workers, who falls under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category. However, these schemes offer very minimal amount of financial assistance to the labour class. It is required to improve and improvise these schemes, so as to provide more benefits to the labourers.
Besides pension, making provisions for the safety and health of the labourers are also of utmost importance for the benefits of the working class. It is necessary that the provision of health in relation to cleanliness, lighting, drinking water and sanitation, etc. should be made. As the labourers work closely with the plants and machinery, it is required that primary focus should be given to their safety. Providing health insurance facility to all the working class should be the priority of the government. The poor workers lack finances to take advantages of the medical services available in the country, in case a need arises. They do not have the substantial financial aid to deal with the cost at the time of sickness or at the time of injury occurring while they are in their jobs. The health insurance scheme can give them a support to take the benefits of medical facilities.
Haryana has many industries which involve people belonging to working class. Agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing are some of such industries where there is a need to strengthen the pension and health insurance safety nets for the labourers. It is advisable to offer the employees and workers with timely health and pension benefits. The contractual workers should be reduced and more labourers should be hired on the permanent basis and on rolls of the organisations. The dream of Naya Haryana that we envision works in favour of improving the lives of the working and the labour class. Naya Haryana ensures adequate and timely assistance and increases the safety nets for all the labourers of the state.