States had disbursed ₹4,957 crore from funds collected by welfare boards.
The Union Labour and Employment Ministry said on Tuesday that States had disbursed ₹4,957 crore as cash assistance to two crore construction workers during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Ministry said the States had disbursed “a substantial amount” in response to its March 24 advisory to use the funds collected by the Building and Other Construction Workers (BOCW) Welfare Boards to help the workers registered with them. The Ministry said in a statement that about 1.75 crore transactions were carried out directly into the bank accounts of workers. Cash payments of ₹1,000 to ₹6,000 per worker as well as food and ration were provided by the States, it said.