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Punjab Announces Lifetime Stipend for Mineworkers

The Punjab government has announced a major step for providing relief to the mineworkers by announcing lifetime stipend for the affectees of mining accidents, on Friday.

Punjab Mines and Minerals Department announced setting up lifetime stipend for mineworkers affected in mining accidents. The labourers will be given Rs6,000 monthly stipend which was approved by the cabinet committee on finance.

Earlier on November 12, Cane Commissioner of Punjab had announced the government’s step towards eradicating farmer exploitation as sugar millers will pay an 11 percent mark-up to farmers upon delay or deferment on payments.

The decision had come following the pleas by sugarcane growers to Punjab government seeking redressal of their long-standing grievances caused by sugar millers.

The millers who delay the payments to sugarcane growers by 15 days from the delivery date will have to pay 11pc on the overall payment as a mark-up as to protect and compensate farmers.

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