CREDAI Bengal Started Vaccination Camps for Construction Workers


News Desk, News Nation 360 : India has around 5 crore construction workers who make them the biggest pool of unskilled/semi-skilled workforce after the agriculture sector. These construction workers are employed across Tier I, Tier II and Tier III cities and are often migratory in nature that is they travel between rural agglomerations for employment. CREDAI Bengal has been proactive in protecting the lives of its vulnerable and largely poor workforce right through the pandemic by offering them shelter and food at sites. And now, they have risen to the occasion by vaccinating


them free of cost. More than 5 crore construction workers build the nation’s homes and cities with an average income of just over Rs. 350 per day, with many of them being their families’ primary earners. The vaccination initiative for these workers is an attempt to provide them with a safety net from the virus and also according them dignity. Work in the 1 lakh-crore real estate industry in India has been largely impeded due to the Covid-19 outbreak with workers leaving sites to go back home, especially in the first phase. While that was the case during the first phase, with panic setting in among the labourers, the second outbreak, more brutal in nature, has claimed many of their lives. Nandu Belani, President, CREDAI Bengal said that the real estate industry employs the 2nd largest number of construction labourers and are the lifeline of their industry. As they look forward to the normalisation of real estate construction activities post-second phase of the pandemic, it was instrumental for them to ensure that their workforce was protected from the disease. They began vaccinating their construction workers across several construction sites and all their members who are developers have opened up their sites for these camps. They aim to inoculate 50,000 workers in the next few days. To mitigate this situation, CREDAI Bengal has started free vaccination of construction labourers, with CREDAI Bengal members bearing the entire cost of inoculations. Around 500 construction workers were given the jab at the South City International School along with camps at several other sites.

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Report : Anustup Kundu