Ministry of Labour issues Model Welfare Scheme and Action Plan for Strengthening Implementation Machinery for Building and Other Construction Workers

Sep 26, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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Pursuant to the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 4th July, 2018, Model Scheme for Building and Other Construction Workers and Action Plan (for Strengthening Implementation Machinery) are placed on the official website of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

All the State Governments and Union Territory Administrations are requested to comply with the Model Scheme for the welfare of the Building and Other Construction Workers and the Action Plan for strengthening the implementation machinery.

The Committee suggested that the States may take the measures enumerated in the action plan to strengthen the machinery for registration of establishments. Central and State Governments should issue directions to all Ministries/Departments/State undertakings/local bodies in their jurisdiction to timely forward a copy of the allotment of work order in regard to construction activity to be carried out, to the relevant registration, cess collection and cess assessment authorities appointed under the BOCW Act by the State.

The Committee made following recommendations in this regard:

A.      Every state should allot a Unique Identification Number to the registered BOC workers, and upload complete details on the State web portal and the National BOCW Portal, in “read only” mode, of the registered workers and their families, along with the status of registration and renewal, so that it can be accessed by other States. The Committee was of the view that this would help in portability of welfare benefits.

B.      States should ensure that the domicile status of a worker should not prevent the worker from getting registered outside his/her state of origin.

C.      In order to facilitate registration of BOC migrant workers under the Act, the source States should try and register them in their home state, give them an ID card/passbook with a unique no. and upload these details on their website.

A Model Welfare Scheme for Building and Other Construction Workers has also been put in public domain by the Ministry of Labour and Employment on September 25, 2018. The Ministry has made it clear that the Social security benefits of the Model Welfare Scheme as mentioned below will hold precedence over all other existing benefits and that only after meeting these priority expenses, any balance of fund may be utilised for giving additional benefits under Section 22 (h) of the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996:

(i)                  Life and disability cover

(ii)                Health and Maternity Cover

(iii)               Education

(iv)              Skill development

(v)                Awareness Programs

(vi)              Pension



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