Centre to amend contract labourer act soon: Minister
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Last Updated: Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:58
Dehra Dun: The government proposes to amend the contract labourer act to ensure that there is no discrimination against employees working on same post and under similar conditions in terms of wages and facilities.

Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Harish Rawat said a bill in this regard was likely to be introduced in the budget session of Parliament next year.

He told reporters that the purpose behind amending the Contract Labourer Regulation and Abolition Act was to improve the lives of such workers, mostly employed in the unorganised sector.

"A homework in this regard has already been completed by eliciting views of state governments and consulting social partners and other stake holders," Rawat said.

The amendment will seek to ensure that the responsibility of welfare of employees rests on the principal employer only, he said.

Rawat also said his ministry was planning to fix a statutory floor level for payment of minimum wages in the country.

Alleging that Uttarakhand government was using central funds given as relief in the wake of natural disasters as "BJP assistance funds", he demanded setting up of all-party monitoring committees at district level.

"The Centre has provided Rs 672 crore to the state for relief work in affected areas. But the state government is using the funds in other areas as per the convenience of BJP leaders as if it was BJP assistance fund. Even DMs are being influenced for the purpose," Rawat alleged.

Refuting allegations of discrimination by the Centre against the BJP-ruled state government, he said the fact is Uttarakhand has failed to utilise the funds.

The Union minister said the Centre is ready to give funds to the state but their timely and proper utilisation is the duty of the state government.

In this regard, Rawat said the state government has so far failed to send proposals regarding land required for rehabilitation of villages, badly affected by the recent natural disasters.

Rawat described Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank as "rollback minister" for revoking a number of decisions like allotment of mini-hydel projects, allowing a housing project on industrial land in Rishikesh and making the knowledge of local dialects mandatory for recruitment in class III posts.


First Published: Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:58

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