The Delhi High Court asked the Centre and the city government to strictly deal with the contractors who fail to pay wages to workers at various Commonwealth Games sites in Delhi.
The Court also asked both the governments, Delhi Legal Services Authorities (DLSA) and the NGO, which has been fighting for the rights of the workers, to work in harmony to ensure that the construction workers at the Games sites get all the benefits, including minimum wages.
A Division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan said "the counsel for Union of India was told to instruct all the agencies, which have been awarded the work, to deal with contractors strictly so that there should not be any deviation in their dealings with the workers".
The DLSA Member Secretary was asked to include Advocate Atul Nanda in its panel for preparing a report while visiting the camps held for sensitisation of the workers.
Besides, the Bench said the authorities like CPWD, labour department of NCT, Delhi, along with the Member-Secretary DLSA and members of Welfare Board shall work in harmony so that the workers get all benefits.
Earlier, the court had directed the NCT government to hold more camps at construction sites to sensitise the workers about their rights and welfare benefits provided to them by the administration.
The Bench had further directed the DLSA to nominate three lawyers from its panel who would visit the sites at the time of holding camps to make the workers aware of their legal rights.
Regarding the welfare of the children of the workers, the Bench had asked the the Welfare Board to expeditiously consider the applications filed by the workers seeking schooling for their children.
The Court's direction came after the Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), an NGO, alleged the government has failed to provide education to the workers' children and medical facilities for them.
According to the petitioner organisation, the government failed to take action against the contractors for allegedly not paying the regular wages to the workers and driving them to live in inhuman conditions.