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‘CW Games are a boon for labourers’

delhi Updated: Aug 04, 2010 00:33 IST
Harish V. Nair

The preparation for the Commonwealth Games may have run into controversies but the event has spelt bonanza for the Capital's labourers.

Till now a large number of them worked and lived in dangerous and deplorable conditions.

They were paid below the stipulated wage and didn't have access to even the most basic sanitation and health facilities. And they didn't have proper identity cards.

But a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that brought into focus their pathetic plight and earned the government and all the agencies involved some harsh words turned into a boon for the workers.

Deputy Labour Commissioner with the Delhi Government Rajender Dhar on Tuesday filed an affidavit in the Delhi High Court stating that till now 36,233 construction workers have been registered of which 33,017 have been given passbooks.

Delhi government standing counsel Najmi Waziri said these passbooks were essential to access various benefits like free schooling for their children, free treatment in hospitals, various loans, compensation in case of death and injuries, etc.

The affidavit will be taken up for hearing by a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Wednesday.

Waziri said for the first time the agencies connected with construction such as the Delhi Asangathit Nirman Mazdoor Union and Self Employed Women's association were being associated with awareness creating and registration programmes.

Waziri had earlier told the court that provisions of Labour Laws, Minimum Wages Act and Building and Other Construction Workers Act will be implemented "in letter and spirit" and those responsible for violations will be prosecuted.

The court has asked the Delhi government and various civic agencies not to ignore the basic rights of the construction labourers involved in Commonwealth Games projects in their hurry to meet the deadline.