Labour Minister Shibu Baby John has said that registration of migrant workers in the state would be made compulsory from January 1.
The Minister told the Assembly on Wednesday that if required a Migrant Workers Registration Act would be introduced.
While replying to the demands for grants for his department, he said that the government had set apart `5 crore for better housing scheme for the plantation workers.
Referring to the large-scale exploitation of cashew workers, the Minister said that the government had set up an enforcement squad.
In proper coordination with the Central agencies, joint raids would be conducted to check the exploitation of the workers.
He also informed the House that from next April, all benefits owing from the welfare boards would be distributed through banks to avoid fraud and manipulations.
He also said that the Balaraman Commission report on minimum wages for nurses was under the consideration of the Industrial Relations Committee.