The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed the construction workers welfare boards of Punjab and Haryana to submit district-wise details of how much they have spent on their job’s actual purpose.
The direction from high court bench of justice SK Mittal and justice Shekher Dhawan came on Friday after it appeared displeased over the efforts by the two states to improve the plight of construction labourers. The Punjab Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board secretary submitted that he had identified 35 dwelling sites of more than 100 workers each, and made facilities such as potable water, medical care, and shelter available there.
Haryana Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board submitted that its 21 vans were taking medical check-up facility to construction workers, who were also being provided with night shelters and crèches on construction sites. The high court took note of the submissions of the petitioners that they had found data from more than 100 sites in Punjab to be eyewash. Following this, the court directed the secretaries of both boards to submit district-wise details by January 14.
In the past more than a decade, the Punjab board has collected Rs 800 crore and its Haryana counterpart Rs 1,500 crore from contractors as labour cess under a central government Act for the welfare of the labourers; yet both states have fared poor in spending this amount for the intended purpose.