Thirteen years after the Central Act came into force, Noida Labour Department on Saturday issued notices to builders and contractors demanding one per cent cess for labour welfare under the Building & Other Construction Workers Act 1996.
Registered construction workers would be able to get accidental and medical benefits, housing loans, scholarships, etc., with the money. The state government had formed the rules & regulations last year.
“Even if you are building a house for personal use, you will have to pay cess if the cost of building, excluding cost of land, is more than Rs 10 lakh and more than 10 workers are employed,” said Atal Kumar, Assistant Labour Commissioner, Noida.
“In Noida, a majority of factory owners and private residential plot owners will have to pay cess as cost of buildings exceed this minimum amount. We have received the first cess payment of Rs 1 lakh from a factory owner,” Kumar added.
He said people should hire registered contractors so that it becomes the liability of the contractor to provide benefits.
But for contractors to benefit from the scheme they need to be registered by paying Rs 50. Every year after the first registration workers will have to pay the same amount once a year to avail of the benefits.
“It will help the poor people like us and Rs 50 annual membership fee is not much compared to the benefits we will get,” said Golu, a construction worker.
The assistant labour commissioner said, “The money will be deposited under a welfare board account. Labourers will be able to work anywhere in the state and get the benefits. There is only one condition — in a year they should have spent at least 90 days on construction work.”