Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has accused the State government of pushing the construction sector into a deeper crisis by creating an artificial scarcity for sand and by its reluctance to collect Rs.600 crore due from builders towards payment of cess.

In a statement here on Tuesday, INTUC leader G. Subodhan, who is also general secretary of the Kerala State Construction Workers Congress, said the government was reluctant to recover the Rs.600 crore due from building owners.

He said the crisis in the construction industry would lead to unemployment. Instead of utilising sand available in the riverbanks of the State, the government was trying to create an artificial scarcity. He said construction workers could be paid a decent bonus if the State government was willing to utilise just 5 per cent of the income on interest from the welfare fund.