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Ministry of Labour & Employment
07-December-2011 17:23 IST
Deteriorating Condition of Labourers Working on NHs

                As per Census 2001, there are 14165044 building and other construction workers which include workers engaged in construction/maintenance of roads/highways in India. State-wise detail is annexed (Annexure-I).

                 In order to safeguard the interest of workers engaged in the building and other construction work, the Government has enacted the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996 and the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Cess Act, 1996 with a view to regulating the wages, working conditions, safety and health, welfare measures etc. of these workers. The main responsibility for implementing the Acts lies with the respective State Governments. The Central Government has framed Rules viz. the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Central Rules, 1998 which contain elaborate provisions regarding responsibilities and duties of employers, architects, projects engineers, Central Advisory Committee, Registration of establishments, safety and health, hours of work, welfare and  payment of wages etc.  The Central Government has also enacted the Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008 for the social security and welfare of unorganized workers which includes construction workers.

 

                 The details are annexed (Annexure-II)

 

                The Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge gave   this     information in a written reply  in  Rajya Sabha today.

 

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Annexure-I

Statement showing the State-wise detail of construction workers as per the Census of India, 2001:

 

Sl. No.

Name of the States/UTs.

Total

1.

Andhra Pradesh

1095380

2.

Arunachal Pradesh

30078

3.

Assam

197420

4.

Bihar

412270

5.

Chhattisgarh

182540

6.

Goa

47977

7.

Gujarat

850300

8.

Haryana

370000

9.

Himachal Pradesh

129710

10.

J&K

135220

11.

Jharkhand

327430

12.

Karnataka

947000

13.

Kerala

1007180

14.

Madhya Pradesh

661200

15.

Maharashtra

1616790

16.

Manipur

14360

17.

Meghalaya

19510

18.

Mizoram

16579

19.

Nagaland

17201

20.

Orissa

595640

21.

Punjab

450380

22.

Rajasthan

1066780

23.

Sikkim

13602

24.

Tamilnadu

1134370

25.

Tripura

27130

26.

Uttar Pradesh

1330760

27.

Uttarakhand

162860

28.

West  Bengal

864180

29.

Delhi

352830

30.

A & N Island

17874

31

Chandigarh

32679

32.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

4919

33.

Daman and Diu

4065

34.

Lakshadweep

1837

35.

Puducherry

26993

Total

14165044

 

 


 Annexure II

     Under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996, every State Government has to constitute a State Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board. The functions of the Board include providing welfare and social security measure such as immediate assistance to a beneficiary in case of accident, payment of pension to the beneficiaries who have completed the age of 60 years, loan and advances for construction of a house, paying amount in connection with premia for Group Insurance Scheme etc. The workers registered as beneficiaries under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996, are entitled to the benefits provided by the Boards.

 As per information received from States/UTs, the State-wise number of construction workers registered with the boards is as under:

Sl. No.

Name of the States/UTs.

No. of workers registered with the Board(As on 30.6.2011)

1

Andhra Pradesh

882070

2

Arunachal Pradesh

4298

3

Assam

 3150

4

Bihar

18566

5

Chhattisgarh

62335

6

Goa

0

7

Gujarat

48971

8

Haryana

146667

9

Himachal Pradesh

633

10

J&K

0

11

Jharkhand

16285

12

Karnataka

140869

13

Kerala

1689789

14

Madhya Pradesh

1708574

15

Maharashtra

0

16

Manipur

0

17

Meghalaya

0

18

Mizoram

0

19

Nagaland

0

20

Orissa

60640

21

Punjab

32839

22

Rajasthan

35119

23

Sikkim

0

24

Tamilnadu

2115097

25

Tripura

8568

26

Uttar Pradesh

100060

27

Uttarakhand

    755

28

West  Bengal

313180

29

Delhi

41766

30

A & N Island

1080

31

Chandigarh

7562

32

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

0

33

Daman and Diu

0

34

Lakshadweep

0

35

Puducherry

25,455

 

Total

7464328

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