Labour Department is running Labour Welfare Centers for the women folks and Child Welfare Centres for the children hailing from labour families in the Union Territory of Puducherry. In the Puducherry Region, the first Labour Welfare Centre was opened in Mudaliarpet on 11-9-1957, the second in Gandhi Nagar on 14-11-1958 and the third in Ariankuppam on 27-2-1967. Child Welfare Centres had also been opened in all these areas. The above centres were also equipped with Libraries. The Library in Labour Welfare Centre, Ariankuppam was closed long back somewhere in the year 1971 and it is not functioning at present. Subsequently, Labour Welfare Centres in Ariyur on 6-5-1981, Lingareddipalayam on 8-2-1988, Madagadipet on 26-3-1990 and Koodapakkam on 3-9-1986 have been opened. Child Welfare Centres also have been opened in Ariyur on 25-9-1989. Koodapakkam on 9-6-1988 and Lingareddipalayam on 2-2-1989. Steps are being taken to open Child Welfare Centre in Madagadipet shortly.
There are 8 Labour Welfare Centres in Puducherry region, Gandhi
Nagar, Mudaliarpet, Ariyankuppam, Ariyur, Koodapakkam, Katterikuppam,
Sedarapet and Madagadipet. The
women folks hailing from labour families are given training
in cutting and tailoring, embroidery and needle work and various
handicraft works such as knitting crochet bags, flower vase/stands, fancy
dools out of wool and beads as a means to utilize their spare time to
supplement their families income. Trainees
who have passed VIII standard and X standard are sent for
the Government Technical Examinations
conducted by Tamil Nadu Technical Board in the trade of cutting and
tailoring in Lower and Higher
grades. Trainees who have
completed one year of training are issued certificates by the Labour
Department so as to enable them to acquire jobs in private companies.
The maximum number of trainees to be trained in each centre is 40.
The average no. of trainees who attend the centres for the period
from 30th January
2007 to 30th June is
40 per centre.
Labour Department is running Child Welfare Centres have also
functioning under the control of Office of the Labour Office, (Welfare
Schemes), Puducherry for the children hailing from labour family in the
Union Territory of Puducherry are benefited.
At present there are 8 Child Welfare Centres in the Puducherry
region – at Gandhi Nagar, Mudaliarpet, Ariyankuppam, Ariyur, Koodapakkam,
Katterikuppam, Sedarapet and Madagadipet..
these Child Welfare Centres children in the age group of 3 to 5 years
hailing from labour families are given pre-school education by trained
Lady Teacher/Balasevika with nutritious meals. The Nursing Orderlies in
each centre are cooking food according to a prescribed menu and do all
menial works related to the Child Welfare Centres.
Variety rice is provided to the children in these centres.
In the afternoon, “Sundal”
(Boiled peas/Bengal gram) is prepared and given to them on Monday, Tuesday
and Thursday. Eggs are
provided on Wednesday, and Friday. On
all days biscuits are given
to these children in the morning and evening.
The fixed target strength of each centres is 50 children. Per capita expenditure of Rs.5,500/- per centre per month is incurred for the preparation of midday meals to these children at a rate of Rs.5/- per child per day . Sanction for an amount of Rs.5,28,000/- has been issued for implementation of the scheme towards providing of mid-day meals. An average of 20 to 30 children were benefited by the scheme during the period from January 2007 to 30th June. In order to increase the strength, it is proposed to provided breakfast to the children and the proposal for the same has already submitted for necessary approval.
The Centres, at Mudaliarpet, Gandhi Nagar, Ariyankuppam
are equipped with libraries in order to be a source of general
knowledge of public. Readers
interested in reading newspapers and magazines visit these libraries.
Since these libraries are situated in areas where there are more
number of labour families, they are very useful to the people
and there to spend their leisure time in a useful manner.