Labour dept successfully implementing schemes for construction workers: Commissioner

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
25 May 2017

The Labour Department is successfully implementing the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996, Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Cess Act, 1998 for which the rules for A&N Islands were framed in the year 2003 and in 2010/2014 and 2015 and subsequent amendments to include various welfare schemes for the workers in the industry, said the Labour Commissioner, Mr Madhusudan Baidya speaking exclusively to EOI. “Presently, more than 14000/- workers have registered themselves under the scheme and the Board is committed to ensure benefits of a number of welfare programmes reach the registered workers and their families.”
“Several schemes of the Act have benefited many registered workers since implementation. Whenever the department receives a case, we try to ensure timely disbursal of financial relief. Regular awareness camps are conducted in different parts of this territory to sensitize people on the benefits of registering with the Board. All schemes formulated under the Act are meant to benefit the labour force which plays a pivotal role in the development of this country. The government at the centre has implemented many welfare schemes for the poor masses in India and it’s our earnest endeavour to ensure benefits of such schemes percolate down to the targeted beneficiaries. I urge each and one eligible worker to come forward and register with the Board and avail benefits of the government schemes,” said Mr Baidya.
Under the scheme, registered construction worker’s son or daughter pursuing education from Class I to 12, Diploma or Graduation, vocational training, PG courses are eligible to get the financial assistance. Moreover, the Board will bear the entire cost for study of wards of registered workers pursuing MBBS/BE/Professional Course for meritorious students depending on a case to case basis subject to approval of Andaman & Nicobar Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board. Any registered construction worker is also eligible to get an amount of Rs 20,000 as assistance to meet the marriage expenses of the worker or his/her two dependent children. Women employees who are registered beneficiary for a period of one year are entitled for an amount of Rs 20000/- as maternity benefit during the period of maternity. Male employees who are registered beneficiary for a period of one year and whose wife is 19 years or more and not a registered beneficiary shall also be given a sum of Rs.10000/- as maternity benefit. Under the Disability Assistance scheme, Secretary of the Board can sanction an amount not exceeding 25% of the total amount of compensation due, as calculated under Employees Compensation Act 1923 on production of certificate from competent medical authorities in respect of percentage of disability along with application for grant of assistance in Form W along with last pay slip age proof. the ex-facto approval from Board shall be obtained for the same. The Secretary of the Board is also authorised to sanction tool kits not exceeding Rs.10000/- to the registered Construction Worker or their two children under Skill Development Assistance.
More information can be accessed from the portal, http://labour.and.nic.in/welfareboard.htm.