Labour Welfare Funds

In Kerala there are many welfare measures taken for the benefits of the labours. There are many Welfare Fund Boards functioning in the state. These come under the Labour Department and are responsible for providing welfare amenities to the labours.

Some of the Welfare Boards are the following

  • Kerala Abkari Workers’ Welfare Fund Board, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Kerala Agricultural Workers’ Welfare Fund Board, Thrissur
  • Kerala Building & Other construction Workers’ Welfare Board, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Kerala Cashew Worker’s Relief & Welfare Fund Board, Kollam
  • Kerala Handloom Workers’ Welfare Fund Board, Kannur
  • Kerala Headload Workers’ Welfare Fund Board, Ernakulam
  • Kerala Labour Welfare Fund Board, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Kerala Motor Transport Workers’ Welfare Fund Board, Kollam
  • Kerala Tailoring Workers’ Welfare Fund Board, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Kerala Toddy Workers’ welfare Fund Board, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Kerala Beedi & Cigar Workers Welfare Fund Board, Kozhikode
  • Kerala Bamboo, Kattuvally and Pandanus Leaf Workers’ Welfare Fund, Ernakulam

labour-welfare-fundThe Labour Department has also implemented 18 welfare schemes. Government also contributes to these welfare funds. Measures have been taken to restructure the welfare fund boards. This is done to prevent the duplication of membership and to provide a standard benefits to its members. A problem faced by the labour welfare funds is the high establishment cost.

Among the various schemes implemented, the Kerala Head Load Workers Welfare Fund Scheme is unique as the Head Load Workers Welfare Board has the status of a deemed employer. The Kerala Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board is also distinct because its functioning is regulated by the Building and Other Construction Workers Act 1996. So the Welfare Fund Cess is levied on construction works. The registered members are provided with benefits such as pension, PF, gratuity, medical benefits, educational scholarships to children of workers, grant for marriage of daughters, maternity benefits etc.

Kerala Welfare Fund Board is considered to be the backbone of the state administration.  The details of various Welfare Fund Boards in Kerala are
1) Kerala Abkari Workers Welfare Fund Board

P.H.Road, Thiruvananthapuram

Chairperson – 333240

Chief Welfare Fund Inspector – 460397

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – 386871

Divisional office, RVCARB 126, Thevally, Kollam – 9

Chief Executive – 0474-2796844

2) Kerala Artisans and Skilled Workers Welfare Scheme

Vrindavan Building, Gandhariammancovil Road, Thiruvananthapuram

Chairman – 326936

Chief Executive Officer – 329361

3) Kerala Beedi and Cigar Workers Welfare Fund Board

SPCA Road, Kannur

Chairman – 705090, 706133

Chief Executive Officer – 706133

4) Kerala Autorickshaw Workers Welfare Fund Scheme, Kollam

Chairman – 0471-327013, 742818

Chief Executive Officer  – 742818, 741288

5) Traders Welfare Board

Thycaud P.O. Thiruvananthapuram

Chairman – 327016, 327876, 327976

Member Secretary and Chief Executive Officer – 324054, 324049

6) Kerala Cashew Workers Relief and Welfare Fund Board, Kollam

Chairman – 743469

Chief Executive – 740942, 743469

7) Kerala Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, Thiruvananthapuram

Chairman – 347941

Secretary – 347942, 347943

8) Kerala Bamboo, Kattuvally and Pandanus Leaf Workers Welfare Fund Board

Angamaly South P.O., Ernakulam (Dist.)

Chairman – 2454443

9) Kerala Coir Workers Welfare Fund Board, Alappuzha

Chairman – 251577, 241740

Chief Executive – 251577

10) Kerala Fishermen’s Welfare Fund Board

Ayyappa Nagar, Punkunnam, Thrissur

Fishermen’s Welfare Commissioner – 0487-383088, 383053

Fax: 383053

11)Kerala Handloom Workers Welfare Fund Board, Kannur

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – 702995

12) Kerala Headload Workers Welfare Board, Ernakulam

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – 401448, 401990

Fax: 401448

13) Kerala Labour Welfare Fund Board

Vanchiyoor, Thiruvananthapuram.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – 470443

14) Kerala Motor Transport Workers Welfare Fund Board, Kollam

Chairman – 0471-742818, 327013

Chief Executive Officer – 742818, 741288

15) Kerala Ration Dealers Welfare Fund

enta City Towers, Killippalam, Thiruvananthapuram.

Chairman – 330617, 321152

Secretary and Chief Executive – 349612

16) Kerala Rural Employment and Welfare Society

Thycaud P.O. Thiruvananthapuram

.Chief Executive – 306040

17) Kerala State Co-operative Employees Pension Board, Thiruvananthapuram

Chairman and Secretary – 475681

18) Minimum Wages Advisory Board

Jagathy, Thiruvananthapuram

Chairman and Secretary- 321672

19) Kerala Tailoring Workers Welfare Fund Board

Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram

Chairperson – 0471-338790

Chief Executive Officer – 0471-338592

20) Kerala Toddy Workers Welfare Fund Board, Thiruvananthapuram

Chairman – 333407

Secretary and Chief Welfare Fund Inspector – 448093