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Pay cess or face action, builders warned

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Labour Department intensifies inspection of buildings under construction

SRIKAKULAM: The Labour Department has intensified inspection of buildings under construction as many of the realtors and other builders have failed to pay cess which has been made mandatory under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Conditions of Service) Act.

Workers' welfare

As per the norms, 1 per cent cess of the construction value of the building has to be paid to the department and the amount will be utilised for the welfare of workers. The department has collected Rs.29.44 lakhs as cess during the last one year and hoped to increase it to Rs.40 lakhs in future once all the builders pay the cess as per the norms.

Srikakulam Assistant Commissioner of Labour M. Ananda Rao, Tekkali Assistant Commissioner of Labour S. Venkata Rao, Assistant Labour Officers – S.D.V. Prasada Rao (Srikakulam, circle-I) and Muneeja (Srikakulam, circle-II) has asked the builders to pay the cess immediately otherwise the department will initiate action against them. “Payment of cess is compulsory for private, government and individual buildings if the construction value crossed Rs.10 lakhs. The amount will be used for the welfare of workers who work in difficult conditions,” says Mr. Ananda Rao and Mr. Venkata Rao while speaking to The Hindu.

The department has issued identity cards to 25,193 workers and they will get all benefits from AP Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board. The board will give Rs.1 lakh to the family of worker who died naturally. Each worker will get up to Rs.1 lakh compensation if he or she is injured during construction. “We are giving utmost priority for the cess amount since it will benefit workers' family. The builders need not worry to pay compensation once the building is registered and cess is paid as per the norms,” says Mr. Prasada Rao.

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