JAMMU: The government on Friday asked for speedy clearance of cases of construction workers for providing them financial assistance under the Building and Other Construction Workers Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Services and Cess rules.
CEO and Secretary J&K Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, Syed Muried Hussain Shah, who held meeting of Assistant Labour Commissioners expressed dismay over pendency of cases under various social security schemes of the board and directed all the officers to expedite the financial assistance cases of beneficiaries at various levels.
He also granted one time exemption to all registered beneficiaries to deposit arrears of monthly contribution with the Assistant Labour Commissioners before 30th June 2016.
It is pertinent to mention that if a registered construction worker fails to deposit his monthly contribution for more than one year, he/she ceases to be a beneficiary under the Act.
The Assistant Labour Commissioners who are Registering Officers under the Building and Other Construction Workers (RE&CS) Act were directed to issue beneficiary passbooks at all the registered beneficiaries so that ground work is done for launching of e-governance program.
The Assistant Labour Commissioners directed to clear all pending cases by the end of February 2016. It was assured that the required funds would be made available to them within a week and additional staff will be provided to the districts to deal with the huge rush of workers.
He even passed directions were passed to the Assistant Labour Commissioners to keep the touts at bay, who exploit the ignorant construction workers.
Regarding the collection of Building and Other Construction Workers Cess, the Secretary impressed upon all the Assistant Labour Commissioners to regularly inspect the work sites and collect cess from the employers and take legal action against the defaulters.
The officers were advised to work sincerely and with dedication for the welfare and upliftment of the Building and Other Construction Workers and uphold the welfare mandate of the Building and Other Construction Workers (RE&CS) Act.