The Bangladesh Workers Welfare Foundation, under the Ministry of Labour and Employment, has so far provided Tk40 crore to 9,500 workers, said State Minister for labour and employment Begum Monnujan Sufian on Sunday at the 22nd board meeting of the foundation.
The state minister said the government formed the foundation for the welfare of working people. This foundation assists the workers of the institutional and non-institutional sectors for the treatment of accidental deaths and injuries in the workplace, incurable diseases and the higher education of their meritorious children.
She said the 22nd board meeting approved the assistance of Tk3.57 crore for 1,265 workers for the treatment of accidental deaths, injuries, incurable diseases and higher education of their children.
The money would go a long way in helping the workers and their children in higher education during the Covid-19 disaster. Before the pandemic, about Tk6.26 crore was provided as medical assistance to 1,960 workers.
To involve the people in this noble initiative of the government, Monnujan Sufian asked the people concerned to issue grant checks in the presence of field-level public representatives and government officials.
It was informed at the meeting that so far, 173 companies, both domestic and multinational ones, has been regularly contributing a certain amount from their dividends to the fund. So far, various companies have deposited Tk447 crore.
Among others, KM Abdus Salam, secretary to the ministry, Dr Mollah Jalal Uddin, additional secretary and director general of Labour Welfare Foundation, AKM Mizanur Rahman, director general of the labour department, Umme Kulsum, joint secretary to the Ministry of Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Kazi Saifuddin Ahmed, labour advisor at the Bangladesh Employers Federation, Fazlul Haque Montu, president of Jatiya Shramik League, were present in on the programme.