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Govt to HC: Will hold camps to inform Games site workers about their rights,wages,benefits

With the Delhi High Court keeping an eye on violation of labour laws at Commonwealth Games construction sites,the Delhi government has decided to approach the workers by organising awareness camps.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi |
April 29, 2010 12:48:27 am

With the Delhi High Court keeping an eye on violation of labour laws at Commonwealth Games construction sites,the Delhi government has decided to approach the workers by organising awareness camps.

These camps will be organised between May 1 and 7 at all nine districts of the city,the court was told on Wednesday. The workers would be told about their rights relating to wages,safety measures and other beneficial schemes at these camps.

The government has also formed a six-member committee to simplify disbursement of various benefits to labourers working on projects for the October 3-14 sporting event.

A court-appointed monitoring committee had earlier indicted all government authorities involved in Games projects for appalling work conditions at these construction sites.

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In reply,the government’s counsel on Wednesday submitted a status report before a Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Mukta Gupta.

The report,forwarded to the Bench by the government’s standing counsel Najmi Waziri,said the Delhi government has served notices to all agencies involved in hiring workers for Games projects. The agencies have been asked to furnish all information along with a list of workers engaged at various construction sites,the report said.

After receiving the information,the Construction Board would register the labourers and issue them a passbook,it said. .

The report said 26,340 workers have been registered till date,with 658 registered in the last 10 days.

The 226-page report said a six-member committee was formed on April 13 to delegate financial and administrative powers to district deputy labour commissioners. This is to simplify the process of disbursing various benefits to the workers,the court was told.

According to the report,the Labour department had issued inspection notices to 48 establishments carrying out construction work. “In these notices,employers or contractors have been directed to furnish wage records,facilities and safety provisions available to workers at construction sites,” it said.

While the report said action would be taken against contractors who fail to file a compliance report,Waziri submitted that only the Central Public Works Department and the Delhi government had given a “partial reply”. No other government agency — MCD,NDMC,DDA,Delhi Jal Board,Delhi International Airport Limited,Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and the Sports Authority of India — have responded to the notices.

Satisfied with the contentions,the Bench adjourned the matter till next week and directed other agencies to file their affidavits by the next date of hearing. The report submitted in March had recorded 43 deaths at various Games construction sites till then and had criticised the working conditions.

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