The Secretary cum Labor Commissioner
Department of Labor,
Government of NCT of Delhi
5, Sham Nath Marg, Delhi-110054
Sub: Notice of peaceful dharna (sit-in) at your office for the below mentioned issues:
- Denying the registration, renewal and processing of claim applications of construction workers under Delhi Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (DBOCWWB) by Labor department officers since May’2018.
- Non settlement of pending cases since long- Non issuing of pass books to verified construction workers, illegal detention of pass books for renewal, lapse cases and claim applications under various social security schemes of DBOCWWB.
We would like to introduce ourselves as registered construction workers union working for the education, awareness and organizing the construction workers of Delhi to achieve a dignified life. We also educate construction workers on Building & Other Construction Workers (RE&CS) act’1996 and Delhi Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Rules’2002. We guide & facilitate construction workers to register with DBOCWWB and receive social security benefits from the Board.
This notice is in continuation of our email letter dated 29.08.2018 regarding starting of the registration, renewal and processing of claims of construction workers under Delhi Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (DBOCWWB). We tried to contact your office on 30th & 31st but couldn’t get success.
The Labor department officers have been continuously denying registration, renewal and processing of claim applications of construction workers since May’2018 without any valid reason. The officers are violating the BOCW act’1996 & DBOCWWB rules’2002 and denying the rights & entitlements of the construction workers. This issue has been explained in our letter dated 29.08.2018. The district labor officers are not following even your order dated 23.08.2018. We demand immediate starting of the registration, renewal & processing of claim applications by the district labor offices as per the collective decisions taken on 2nd August’2018 in extended 35th DBOCWWB meeting.
Another issue is the non settlement of pending cases since long. Almost all districts have record of pending cases related to issuing of pass books to verified construction workers, illegal detention of pass books for renewal, lapse cases and claim applications under various social security schemes of DBOCWWB.
The South West district have not processed a single claim application since 2012 and since January’2017, the registration of construction workers are being completely denied by JLC of the district, the pass books due for renewal have been illegally detained by him since September’2017 and its number is in thousands. The construction workers are not able to claim any rights/entitlements when the pass books cum identity cards are not renewed.
Despite of several follow ups & meetings, West district has still not issued 534 pass books cum identity cards of 2017 to the verified construction workers. The verified construction workers of 2018 are still waiting for their turn although more than 70% of the pass books have been completed by our union. The same case is with claim applications of the construction workers which are not being processed by the Board manager & officers. North West district has also poor track record of processing claim applications. Our claims applications are pending since last 3-4 years and there is no progress despite of follow ups. The East & North East districts demand cess receipts of employers from the construction workers for registration and renewals. It has not been mentioned in BOCW act as well as DBOCWWB rules’2002. The workers are being harassed by these district officers. Every district has its own SOP and with the change of the officer, the SOP changes.
This all is happening because of rampant corruption taking place in these districts labor offices. Nobody follows first in-first out principle intentionally. The bribe becomes the wheel for processing the applications. We have raised these issues several times and submitted a number of memorandums to the district Labor offices as well as your office but no action has been taken so far against any officer. The reasons will be well known to you.
The construction workers are in frustration & hopeless because of absence of any grievance redressal mechanism available in the department. Your senior officers are patronizing the corruption and shielding the corrupt unions and corrupt officers. These officers have made the BOCW act as money making machine.
We are organizing one day dharna (sit in) at your office on 12th September’2018 from 10 am to 4 pm in protest of the unconstitutional behavior of your labor department officers and denying the rights of the construction workers. We want you to initiate dialogue on the above mentioned issues to short out the issues and help the construction workers to receive the rights/entitlements as per BOCW act’1996.
With kind regards
Delhi Nirman Mazdoor Sangathan
Member: Delhi Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board
Member: Expert Committee under BOCW act’1996