Govt to implement welfare schemes for contract workers

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is planning to implement welfare schemes for workers in the unorganised sector.

Delhi Building and Other Construction Welfare Board, constituted by the Congress' Delhi government on September 2, 2002, has not utilised over Rs 1,200 crore.

Labour Minister Girish Soni is thinking of using it under new schemes to ensure social security for workers in the unorganised sector — a move expected to regulate their wages and working hours.

"Construction labourers are the most exploited section and include people who have migrated to the city. They don't have any facilities. They are not educated and are unaware of their rights," Soni said.

Recently, he had held a meeting with the commissioner of the Labour department.

Till November 11, 2013, the total cess collected by the Board was Rs 1,256 crore and the expenditure on welfare schemes was Rs 37.41 crore, officials said.

In a bid to make jobs for contract labourers permanent, Soni has directed all government departments to send him lists of contract workers.

"There are people who have been working for very long but their jobs have not been regularised and they work on contract. Once I get the data, we will chalk out a strategy to regularise these workers," Soni said.

Officials have been asked to furnish data on which government departments hire labourers on contract and the cost of bringing them on the payroll.

"The Contractual Teachers' Association also met with Education Minister Manish Sisodia on this issue. He assured them that the government was working towards providing them permanent jobs. This issue is not constrained to one department and data is being compiled by the Labour department on this. In certain cases, work contracted out is further sub-contracted and workers do not get the wages they are entitled to. All these issues will also be looked into," an AAP member said.

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