The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), a civil rights group based in the Capital, has alleged blatant violation of workers rights at the Commonwealth Games construction site.
The group has alleged that not only thousand of workers engaged by construction companies at the Games Village site are not being paid minimum wages due to them but they have also been working in extremely unsafe and inhuman conditions.
PUDR made these disclosures at a press conference on Friday where it also released a report on the violation of workers’ rights at the games village site. The group has prepared the report after talking to workers at the site and with two workers’ union — Delhi Asangathit Nirman Majdoor Union and Mahanagar Asangathit Majdoor Union.
“We have uncovered these shocking facts following an investigation into the working conditions. None of the workers employed by the contractors are paid the legally stipulated minimum wages or overtime. Unskilled workers are paid Rs 85 to Rs 100 per day as against the stipulated minimum wages of Rs 142 for eight hours of work,” said Moushumi Basu, secretary, PUDR.
When contacted, DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar said, “Our engineers carry out periodical checks at the games village site. But so far we have not received any complaints from workers employed at the site. If PUDR has raised these issues we will look into it.”
PUDR, however, said that despite several efforts that could neither gain access to the games village site nor meet senior officials of DDA and the construction company.
PUDR has demanded that since DDA is the principal employer in his case the onus falls on the civic agency to ensure that labour laws are being adhered to at the games site. The civil rights group has also demanded a judicial inquiry and strict action against all the guilty officials.