Gujarat Building and Other Construction Labor Welfare Board Benefits and Planning of Registration Bilding and other Construction Workers (Regulation of employment and conditions of work)was introduced under Act -1996.
- section 18 of the State Building and other Construction Workers (Regulation of employment and conditions of work) Rules 2003.
- Under Rule -36 -2004 on December 18 Building and Other Construction Workers Board is formed.
- The construction workers constitute one of the largest categories of workers in the unorganised sector. Based on the sample survey conducted by National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) in 2011-12, about 5 crore workers are engaged in the construction activities in the country. In orderb to safeguard the interest of the workers of this sector, popularly known as Building and Other Construction Workers
(BOCW), the government has enacted exclusive and comprehensive labour legislations, viz., a. The Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996 b. The Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Cess Act, 1996.
- Further, the BOCW Central Rules, 1998 and Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Cess Rules,1998 were also notified vide notification dated 19.11.1998 & 26.3.1998 respectively. The Act enlists the Building and Other Construction Work at Section 2(d) and also defines the meaning of Building and other Construction Worker at Section 2(e). These legislations regulate the employment and conditions of service, safety and health measures for the construction workers through State Welfare Boards constituted at the State Level. Welfare measures are financed by levy of Cess on all construction works at rates between 1% to 2% of the construction cost of the building/ project (presently Government has notified Cess to be levied @ 1%). The funds so collected are to be used for providing financial assistance to the families of registered workers in case of accident, old age pension, housing loans, payment of insurance premium, children’s education, medical and maternity benefits etc. as envisaged at Section 22 of the 1996 Act. Further the State Governments are also empowered to make necessary rules in regard to the introduction and implementation of the welfare schemes in accordance with the provision under Section 62.
- At Chapter V, Section 11 and 12 of the 1996 Act, the construction workers are to be registered as beneficiaries to avail the benefits provided by the Board from its fund constituted as per Section 18 of the Act subject to the conditions mentioned therein.