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CAG slams Haryana over workers` welfare spending

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has slammed the Haryana government for not spending money to the tune of Rs 376.98 crore on the welfare of building and other construction workers with funds remaining unutilised.



Chandigarh: The Comptroller and Auditor
General of India (CAG) has slammed the Haryana government for
not spending money to the tune of Rs 376.98 crore on the
welfare of building and other construction workers with funds
remaining unutilised.

In its latest report, which was tabled in Haryana
Assembly for 2010-11, CAG rapped the state authority for not
achieving the objective of regulating the employment and
service conditions of building and other construction workers.

In its audit finding, the government auditor found that
the Haryana Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare
Board (HBOCWWB) had received an amount of Rs 383.70 crore from
government departments and public sector undertakings as
proceeds of cess during 2007 till February 2011.

However, the department spent a meagre sum of Rs 5.62
crore on welfare schemes while the balance amount of Rs 376.98
crore besides interest of Rs 17.24 crore earned on bank
deposits during 2007-10 was lying unutilised in the banks, the
report said.

The amount so collected was to be spent on the welfare of
construction workers schemes like maternity benefits, pension,
advances for purchase of construction of houses, disability
pension, loan for tools, payment of funeral assistance, death
benefits, medical assistance, financial assistance for
education and marriage of children etc.

The construction workers between the age of 18 and 60
years who registered themselves was required to contribute Rs
5 per month to become eligible for availing these benefits.
The Haryana government constituted HBOCWWB in 2006 to
carry out welfare schemes and imposed cess in February 2007.

The cess was to be deducted at source on building or
other construction works of government or public sector
undertakings from the bills paid and the proceeds of the cess
collected were to be transferred to HBOCWWB.

The scrutiny of the implementation of the scheme in
Ambala region revealed that only Rs 15.46 lakh was spent on
only 90 workers, less than one per cent workers registered
under the programme. Moreover, only two welfare
schemes-Kanyadan and Death benefits, out of 19 were
implemented in the region, it said.

After being pointed out, Haryana`s Labour and Employment
department reasoned that the beneficiaries were not coming
forward because most of construction workers belonged to other
states who went back to their native places once work was
complete.

PTI

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