The government will provide Tk2 lakh in assistance to the family members of each farm labourer killed by lightning strikes across the country, State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu has said.
"The authorities concerned have been asked to send information about the death of any workers killed by lightning strikes while working in crop fields to the ministry. We will take steps in this regard," he said at a press briefing at the Secretariat on Monday.
Usually government provides Tk2 lakh as compensation to labourers killed in workplace accidents. Families of rickshaw pullers are also entitled to such aid if they die during work, Mujibul said.
The government has provided Tk22 crore to 2,654 workers from the Workers Welfare Foundation. Some 100 organizations now deposit money into this fund, he added.
Letters will be sent to all organizations including media outlets to give the money to their workers within two months, he said.
The state minister said there was a separate fund for the readymade garments workers. As of now, some Tk44.63 crore is available in the fund, and Tk5.86 crore has been provided to 1,326 workers.
Responding to a query, he said there were 43 sectors for workers. Of these, commissions were already in place for 38 and another was formed on January 29 which would provide its report within the next three months.
Mujibul also said the government has decided to provide Tk2 lakh as compensation to the family members of Rozina Akhter, a domestic help, who died on Sunday after losing one of her legs when a BRTC bus ran her over at Banani on April 20.
Regarding observance of the May Day, the state minister said the government has organized several programs to mark the day. These include rallies, discussions, and cultural events.
The main program would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Bangabandhu International Conference Center around 4pm Tuesday, where she would hand over the money to the family members of the 10 workers who died or were injured during work.