tamil nadu urban employment scheme: Corpn rolls out minimum wage scheme in the city | Chennai News

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CHENNAI: The Greater Chennai Corporation has introduced the Tamil Nadu Urban Employment Scheme, a minimum wage scheme that would provide employment opportunities to people living below the poverty line.
Like the MGNREGA scheme, which provides employment opportunities in rural areas, the TNUES will provide jobs in the city. The civic body rolled out the program at a cost of 10 crore in two areas – Tondiarpet and Thiruvika Nagar – in the first phase, and will also expand it to other areas, depending on demand.
Deputy Commissioner (Works) MS Prasanth said the daily wage for the program would be 382 and people between the ages of 18 and 60 can apply. “This is implemented at the neighborhood level and people will get suitable employment in their neighborhood itself. They may not have to travel too much either,” he said.
Works that fall under this program are restoration of ponds, grit ponds, kulams and canals, planting of saplings in avenues and roadsides, flood control measures such as the deepening of water bodies, the desilting of storm drains and the formation of connecting drains and drainages. .
The work also includes the operation and maintenance of micro pits, composting centers and resource recovery centers where waste separation occurs. The formation of traffic islands and footpaths is also included.
“We are first implementing the program in Tondiarpet and Kolathur as these two areas have more people from economically weaker sections. This will allow the company to do urgent works like storm drains early in the year itself, before the northeast monsoon,” said the Municipal Company Commissioner, Gagandeep Singh Bedi.
He said that so far, 50 to 100 people have registered in each of the zones, and the company plans to increase the number of registrations to 500 people. “The main benefit we see is that women benefit the most from the employment program. We will also look to expand the program to other areas,” Bedi said.
The state government has allocated a total of 85 crore for the program across the state.
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