SC seeks compliance report from states on construction workers

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Monday asked state governments to place before it the compliance report on implementation of laws for constitution of welfare boards to monitor social security schemes and welfare measures for building and construction workers.
A bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan granted six weeks to them to file their response and posted the matter for further hearing in August.
The court also asked those states which had not replied to the notice issued in 2006 to file their counter affidavit to the petition pointing out non-implementation of the Building and other Construction Workers (Regulations of Employment and Condition of Service) Act, 1996 and the Building and other Construction Workers Welfare Cess Act, 1996.
The office report of the apex court placed before the bench said that Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Haryana have not responded to the notice.
Among the Union Territories, Daman and Diu, NCT of Delhi, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep and Chandigarh had not filed their response.
The PIL filed by an NGO, National Campaign Committee for Central Legislation on Construction Labour (NCC-CL), alleged that despite the law being there since ten years neither the Centre nor the state governments have implemented the law in letter and spirit.
Monday, May 12, 2008


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