Cabinet’s nod for amendments to benefit 88 lakh construction workers

The Union Cabinet approved amendments made to the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996 and Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Cess Act, 1996.

These amendments would be legitimized by tabling a Bill in this regard in the winter session of Parliament.These changes would benefit over 88.10 lakh construction workers.

The main features of the amendments include:

  • Removing the clause that construction workers should have worked a minimum of 90 days to register with the labour welfare boards set up in various States
  • Eliminating the upper age limit of 60 years for availing benefits under the scheme.

According to National Sample Survey (2009-10), there are about 4.46 crore building and other construction workers but only less than 25% of them have registered themselves with the Welfare Boards to avail benefits.

Orissa slaps a penalty of Rs 23,904 crore on ‘errant miners’

The Orissa steel and mines department has imposed a penalty of Rs 23,904 crore on 27 miners in the mining circle of the mineral-rich Keonjhar district for extraction of ore beyond the permissible limits.

Companies which have been slapped with penalties include Tata Steel, Aditya Birla-owned Essel Mining and the state-owned Orissa Mining Corporation.

Tata Steel has been asked to pay Rs 6,265 crore. Others who have been charged are Essel Mining (Rs 4,530 crore), RP Sao (Rs 3,872 crore), Sarada Mines (Rs 2,845 crore), KJS Ahluwalia (Rs 2,022 crore), Serajuddin & Co (Rs 1,983 crore).