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Santosh Kumar Gangwar called for special drive for increasing the registration of building and other construction workers

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for Labour and Employment, Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar called for special drive for increasing the registration and to stream line welfare benefit delivery mechanism so as to ensure that all the Building and other Construction (BOC) workers get their benefit. Shri Gangwar said it is matter of concern that while there are more than 5 crore workers in the construction and building sector only 2 crore 86 lakhs have been registered so far.

The said the Hon'ble had expressed concern over the cess fund lying unutilised with the States and have passed directions to register all the workers and fully utilise the fund for their welfare. He added that the has emphasised the need for making Model Scheme which should include benefits of health, pension, Safety, education to standardize the schemes across the states which has been collected though the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996 and Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Cess Act, 1996.

He requested the States and other stakeholders to make use of recently launched National Portal to facilitate registration of workers.

(L&E), Shri U. P. Singh mentioned that it has come to notice that registration of a workers, belonging to other States, is generally discouraged and that welfare benefits are not portable across the States which may be the major reason behind poor utilisation of cess fund. He requested the States to maximise registration, facilitate registration of migrant BOC workers and utilise cess fund to ensure benefits to the workers as stipulated under the Act and as underlined by the Hon'ble in its judgement.

The building and other construction workers (BOCW) are one of the most vulnerable segments of the unorganised sector workers in

One important outcome of the Conference was constitution of a Committee, having representatives from the States and other stakeholders, to draft a Model Welfare Scheme to provide standardised Social Security to of BOC workers.

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First Published: Wed, April 18 2018. 16:52 IST