Minister of labour and employment Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar, addressing a news conference in the city on Saturday, said, “According to the central government’s estimate, as many as 27 lakh labourers work at construction sites in the state.” He said the remaining 16 lakh labourers would be registered in another 15 days.
Labourers involved in the construction of residential and commercial projects, pipelines, roads, dams and the likes have been included under the scheme.
The minister said the state government had set up 40 centres to register these workers. “Builders and contractors have been ordered to get labourers registered under the scheme at the centres,” he said.“Although it is an unorganized sector, certification to the labourers is important because there is no formal way of certifying them. Therefore, under the scheme, their work experience and skills will be weighed henceforth. It will be an added advantage for them,” he said.The scheme ensures labourers’ social rights, education for their children, health schemes, food issues and responsibility in case of accidents on site.
“Along with the contractor or the sub-contractor, the investigating officer is also supposed to book the builder concerned in case of an accident,” Nilangekar said, adding that cases were being filed against builders for negligence in previous on-site accidents.
“Police are searching for builders evading arrest. They will be nabbed soon,” he said.
In case of death of a worker at the site, he said, the family members would get a compensation of Rs5 lakh under the scheme. “In Pune city and district, compensation has been given to the families of 12 workers. The remaining families will also soon be granted the same,” he said.
Family members of the deceased not having earning member were also entitled to get a yearly remuneration of Rs1 lakh for eight consecutive years, he added.