Now welfare board for sugarcane workers

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Mumbai: The workers working in the sugarcane sector will get financial security as the state government has launched a welfare board for them. The move, ahead of the assembly election, will help workers to get benefits like Employee’s Provident Fund (EPF) and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).

Last week, the state labour department formed the board and appointed Keshavrao Andhale as a chairman. According to the reports, details about its functioning will be decided soon.

The motive behind setting up the board is to provide financial aid and improve the standard of living of sugarcane workers. As many as 8 lakh workers are engaged in sugar mills in the state doing works like sugarcane cutting, harvesting, and transportation. The board has demanded Rs 140 crore from the government to launch various welfare scheme.

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