The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, June 3
AAP Convenor Prem Garg has written a letter to Manoj Parida, Adviser to the UT Administrator for providing financial assistance for building and construction workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown restrictions.
Garg has written that a significant portion of the city’s population has been directly affected by the second wave of Covid-19 due to unavoidable curfew and the lockdown restrictions imposed by the administration. The worst hit are the building and construction workers who have been rendered jobless without any wages as the construction activity was totally stopped.
Garg said that Aam Aadmi Party is raising this important issue with a request for utilizing the funds available with the Chandigarh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board of Labour department sector 30 Chandigarh for providing immediate financial assistance to the construction workers. Several crores of rupees collected as Labour Cess during the time of sanctioning building plans, is unutilized while this money is supposed to be spent for the welfare of registered building & construction workers.
Nitin Goyal, Chief Spokesman of Aam Aadmi Party said that the construction workers are entitled to receive financial assistance under the Labour Welfare laws. Labour Cess is collected from building owners for this very purpose only and it is high time for the administration to release the funds. Many state governments are already providing financial assistance to ease the hardships being faced by these poor people.
AAP General Secretary Vijaypal Singh has been instrumental in raising issues of labour welfare and has facilitated more than 500 construction workers in getting registered. Vijaypal Singh had taken up this issue with the administration during the first wave of Covid-19 in 2020 too, and the UT Administration had released some funds by transferring Rs. 6000 in the account of the registered workers in two installments of Rs. 3000 each, but no such initiative has been taken during this second wave which is far more severe while huge amount of funds lying available with BOCW Board.