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Under-Utilization of CESS Collected for Welfare of Construction Workers

As per information received from the State Governments, Rs. 2859.86 Crore, that is 17.63 percent, has been spent for the welfare of the construction workers out of the total cess amounting to Rs. 16214. 51 Crore collected till 31.12.2014.

The main reason for low level of utilization of fund is the failure of the State Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Boards to properly formulate and operate welfare schemes for the workers as mandated under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996.

The Central Government has been issuing directions to the State Governments and their Boards for proper utilization of fund and providing social security coverage to the building and other construction workers. Such directions under Section 60 of the Act have been issued on 27.09.2010, 12.07.2013, 27.02.2014 and 16.10.2014, requiring the States inter-alia, to mandatorily provide welfare schemes for the workers covering death benefits, accident benefits, funeral assistance, education assistance, pension for persons not able to work due to old age/disability, medical insurance, assistance for purchase of tools, skill upgradation, maternity benefits and grant for repair and construction of houses.

This was stated by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State(IC) for Labour and Employment in response to a written question in Rajya Sabha today

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