Gujarat Labor and Employment Minister Dilip Thakor told the state assembly that out of 1,128 labourers who died, 842 were from farming while 286 were from construction sector.
Within the last two years in Gujarat, more than 11 hundred laborers working in agriculture and construction sectors have died due to accidents.
The shocking information was given by the state Labor and Employment Minister Dilip Thakor to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly on Monday.
Dilip Thakor told the assembly, “Out of 1,128 laborers who died due to accidents in the last two years, 842 were from agricultural sector while 286 were from construction sector. During this time the maximum 98 agricultural laborers were killed in Bhavnagar and 37 construction workers in Ahmedabad district.”
In Gujarat, currently 28.65 lakh laborers are listed for agricultural activities while 6.65 lakh laborers are listed for construction activities. In this way, more than 3.5 million people are registered as laborers for both these works.
According to the state government, the maximum number of registered agricultural laborers is 2.18 lakh in Anand district. At the same time, Ahmedabad has more than one lakh construction workers.
The government has said that after five years in January this year, the minimum wage for agricultural laborers has been increased from Rs 178 to Rs 324 per day. It also includes a special allowance of 56 rupees given for the first time.