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SC to Govt: Where has Rs. 20,000 Crore meant for Workers’ welfare gone, have you spent it on Partying?

May,15,2017:

Why even the Comptroller and Auditor General doesn’t know about it, wondered the Supreme Court.

Building and Other Construction Workers Act,1996
Building and Other Construction Workers Act,1996

 

Why even the Comptroller and Auditor General doesn’t know about it, wondered the Supreme Court.
Where has a whopping amount of Rs 20,000 crore, meant for the workers’ welfare, gone? Spent on tea parties or vacation of the officials?

Even Comptroller and Auditor General doesn’t know, wondered Supreme Court.

These posers were put to Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) by Supreme Court which was left wondering as to where this huge amount of money has gone.

Court was hearing a PIL filed by NGO ‘National Campaign Committee for Central Legislation on Construction Labour’ which has alleged that statutory cess levied from Real Estate Firms for welfare of the construction workers was not being utilised properly as there was no mechanism to identify beneficiaries and extending benefits to them.

Apex Court’s remarks came after it perused an affidavit and a report filed by CAG in the matter, as it termed the facts mentioned in them as “quite startling”.

“Even CAG does not know where is the money. It is about Rs 20,000 crore,” expounded Apex Court Bench comprising Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta.

Apex Court enunciated that first step that needed to be taken was to ascertain from each State and the Union Territories amount collected under Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Cess Act, 1996 since it was enacted in 1996 till March 31,2017.

“Amount so collected will be intimated to office of CAG,” it added, “Similarly, amount collected over the years and which has been transferred to building and other construction workers welfare board should also be indicated to office of CAG as on March 31, 2017.”

It said if there was any amount, which has been collected but not yet transferred to Board, shall be transferred within a period of six weeks with intimation to CAG.

Apex Court Bench has asked CAG to furnish details before it and has fixed the matter for hearing on August 2,2017.

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Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Cess Act,1996

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