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Rules notified; Board to become operational from November 1

  • 14 lakh construction workers in State
  • Workers aged between 18 and 60 can register for the scheme

    BANGALORE: The Government has notified the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service), Karnataka Rules, 2006. It will set up a Welfare Fund and a Welfare Board for construction workers, which will become operational from November 1, 2006.

    Minister for Labour Iqbal Ansari told presspersons here on Tuesday that the rules were framed to enforce the Centre's Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996. The Labour Department had framed the rules based on the success of the scheme in Tamil Nadu. The estimated number of construction workers in the State was 14 lakh, Mr. Ansari said.

    The Welfare Fund would be created from of a cess of one per cent to be levied on the employer if the cost of construction of a building exceeded Rs. 10 lakh. The 15-member Welfare Board would have representatives of employers, workers and government officials. The Labour Minister would be the chairman of the Board, which would have autonomous powers.

    Eligibility

    Any worker above the age of 18 and below 60 and had worked for five years or more could register his name at the local labour office or with the labour inspector by paying a fee of Rs. 25 and obtain an identity card. He would then have to pay Rs. 20 a month, he said.

    The State Budget (2006-07) had set aside Rs. 1 crore for the scheme. About Rs. 200 crore would be mobilised annually for the Welfare Board, he said.

    Registered construction workers who had worked for five years would be paid a pension of Rs. 200 a month after the age of 60, the Minister said. The pension will go up by Rs. 10 for each five-year period of service. Other benefits included disability pension of Rs. 150 a month; loan of Rs. 5,000 for the purchase of tools; loan of Rs. 50,000 for purchase or construction of a house; assistance of Rs. 4,000 to a woman worker on the birth of a child; Rs. 3,000 for the marriage of the worker and also two dependent children; Rs. 10,000 as medical expenses; financial aid for the education of the son or daughter of a worker; compensation of Rs. 1 lakh in case of accident resulting in death or permanent disability; and Rs. 2,000 for the funeral expenses of a worker.

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