Sanand: Sanand Gidc will get the first Shramyogi hostel | Ahmedabad News

Gandhinagar: Soon, several GIDC (Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation) estates in the state will have model accommodations for migrant workers, with facilities comparable to residential projects.
The first Shramyogi Hostel will be built in the Sanand GIDC estate and will provide adequate accommodation and food for over 1,000 workers. The Sanand GIDC Industry Association will install the building on land donated by the state government.
Anju Sharma, Principal Secretary, Department of Labor and Employment, said: “To construct a Shramyogi hostel in Sanand, the Welfare Board of the Government of Gujarat issued a tender in December 2021, for which there were no bidders.”
Sharma added, “The Sanand GIDC Industry Association has therefore applied to the government for permission to construct the facility. The government gave its approval in March this year.
The association received permission to build the hostel without a call for tenders. “The works will be carried out without delay,” Sharma said. The monthly rent will be fixed at around Rs 1,500 per person and the expenses for food will be around Rs 4,000 per month.
Ajit Shah, President of the Sanand GIDC Industry Association, said, “Sanand GIDC has over 12,000 migrant workers. It was the need of the hour to provide them with hygienic living conditions. Shah added: “We asked the government to let us build this. The structure will have a built-up area of ​​1.20 lakh square feet and the total cost is estimated at around Rs 20 crore.
Shah said Rs 3 crore will be given by the Ministry of Labor as a subsidy.
“The rest will be paid by the association and the industrialists of Sanand GIDC,” he said. “The hostel will have a canteen, facilities for indoor and outdoor sports, a mini-garden, a gym and a shopping center.”
Department of Labor officials said that if written requests are received from other GIDC associations to build Shramyogi hostels, either permissions can be granted or the PPP model can be used to do the work.
In the 33 districts of Gujarat, there are more than 215 GIDC estates and 7 special economic zones. In these centers, about 63,000 factories are currently operating. The factories employ about 50 lakh people. During the lockdown, many problems such as lack of accommodation, transportation and food were faced by migrant workers.
In response to the situation, the government sanctioned a circular under the Shramniketan Yojana to provide food and shelter to the workers.
Under this policy, for the construction of Shramyogi hostels, applications have been received from the industrial associations of Sanand, Savli and Waghodia.
These requests were approved and the plots allocated.
Under Shramniketan Yojana, Rs 10 crore has been provided in 2021-22 and Rs 12.60 crore has been earmarked for 2022-23.
The hostel establishment effort is underway in Vadodara, Dahej and Surat.

Linda G. Ibarra