SC issues notices to states, UTs over laws related to workers
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 13:50
  
New Delhi: Voicing concern over failure of states and Union Territories in implementing laws regulating employment of construction workers, the Supreme Court today issued notices to officials concerned asking them to explain why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia asked the officials to be personally present at the next date of hearing to explain their failure in implementing the law.

The court referred to the case of Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and other states where the government has failed in implementing the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996.

"The court is left with no option but to issue show cause notice against the officials on why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them," the court said. It noted that state governments have disobeyed various orders pronounced by the apex court relating to implementation of the said law and failed to perform their statutory functions.

The court was hearing a PIL seeking direction to the governments to implement the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996.

The petition was filed by NGO National Campaign Committee for Construction Labour, which alleged that many states including Maharashtra, Goa, Nagaland and Chandigarh have failed to implement the law meant to regulate unorganised construction workers.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 13:50


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