Assessment panels at the district level will go into the collection of cess

Assessment committees at the district-level will go into the collection of building cess of one per cent right from 2007 when the Act came into force, Labour Commissioner B. Ramanjaneyulu has said.

Each department was given a format to work out year-wise and cumulative cess due and submit it by June 15 to the district-level committee headed by the district Collector. Those liable to pay the cess had to pay with interest. In case of failure, Revenue Recovery Act would be made applicable, he told reporters here on Monday. So far Rs.1,200 crore has been collected towards the cess. The present exercise is aimed at realising the Rs.600 crore that is still due from various departments and builders. But only Rs.54 crore had been spent so far.

He admitted that of the estimated 32 lakh construction workers only 18 lakhs had been enrolled so far and efforts were on to enrol the remaining.

The AP Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board was formed in 2007 adopting the relevant Central Act.

Four schemes

Besides accident, maternity and other existing benefits, Mr. Ramanjaneyulu said four schemes, covering health, education, upgrading of skills and retirement, would be implemented in a focussed manner.

Apart from other government scholarships, financial assistance would be extended to the children of construction workers after SSC, be it ITI, polytechnic, engineering or medicine, among others. A separate health card would be issued to construction workers covering the diseases left out by “Arogyasri” scheme and also increasing the Rs.30,000 limit would be considered.

For upgrading skill of workers, the National Academy Construction of Academy would be asked to open an additional 75 centres besides training them in reputed companies like L&T.

The “Swalamban” pension scheme would be promoted where the worker had to pay Rs.1,000, the board and the Central Government would contribute Rs.1,000 each.

Earlier, at a meeting trade union leaders Venkata Rao (CITU) and Mohana Rao (INTUC), secretary of A P Vyavasaya Vruttidarula Union secretary P.S. Ajay Kumar and Narasimhacharyulu from Chodavaram pointed out various lacunae in the implementation of various welfare schemes and suggested measures for improvement.

Joint Commissioner of Labour S. Lakshminarayana and Deputy Commissioner T. Venkataratnam participated.

  • ‘Of the 32 lakh construction workers only 18 lakh have been enrolled so far’

  • A separate health card will be issued to construction workers