Building and Other Construction Workers Act 1996

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1. Short title, extent, commencement and application.—

(1) This Act may be called the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996.

(2) It extends to the whole of India.

(3) It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st day of March, 1996.

(4) It applies to every establishment which employs, or had employed on any day of the preceding twelve months, ten or more building workers in any building or other construction work.

Explanation.—For the purposes of this sub-section, the building workers employed in different relays in a day either by the employer or the contractor shall be taken into account in computing the number of building workers employed in the establishment.

(1) This Act may be called the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996.

(2) It extends to the whole of India.

(3) It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st day of March, 1996.

(4) It applies to every establishment which employs, or had employed on any day of the preceding twelve months, ten or more building workers in any building or other construction work.

Explanation.—For the purposes of this sub-section, the building workers employed in different relays in a day either by the employer or the contractor shall be taken into account in computing the number of building workers employed in the establishment.

2. DEFINITIONS. –

(1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, -

(a) “appropriate Government” means,-

(i) in relation to an establishment (which employs building workers either directly or through a contractor) in respect of which the appropriate Government under the industrial Disputes Act, 1947 (14 of 1947), is the Central Government, the Central Government;

(ii) in relation to any such establishment, being a public sector undertaking, as the Central Government may by notification specify which employs building workers either directly or through a contractor, the Central Government;

Explanation : For the purpose of sub-clause (ii). “public sector undertaking” means any corporation established by or under any Central, State or Provincial Act or a Government company as which is own, controlled or managed by the Central Government;

(iii) in relation to any other establishment which employs building workers either directly or through a contractor, the Government of the State in which that other establishment is situate;

(b) “beneficiary” means a building worker registered under section 12;

(c) “Board” means a Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board constituted under sub-section (1) of Section 18;

(d) “building or other construction work” means the construction, alteration, repairs, maintenance or demolition of or in relation to, buildings, streets, roads, railways, tramways, airfields, irrigation, drainage, embankment and navigation works, flood control works (including storm water drainage works), generation, transmission and distribution of power, waterworks (including channels for distribution of water), oil and gas installations, electric lines, wireless, radio, television, telephone, telegraph and overseas communications, dams, canals, reservoirs, watercourses, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, aqueducts, pipelines, towers, cooling towers, transmission towers and such other work as may be specified in this behalf by the appropriate Government, by notification but does not include any building or any construction work to which the provisions of the Factory Act, 1948 (63 of 1948), or the Mines Act, 1952 (35 of 1952), apply;

(e) “building worker” means a person who is employed to do any skilled, semi-skilled or unskilled, manual, supervisory, technical or clerical work for hire of reward, whether the terms of employment be expressed or implied, in connection with any building or other construction work but does not include any such person-

(i) who is employed mainly in a managerial or administrative capacity; or

(ii) who, being employed in a supervisory capacity, draws wages exceeding one thousand six hundred rupees per menses or exercises, either by the nature of the duties attached of the office or by reason of the power vested in him, function mainly of a managerial nature;

(f) “Chief Inspector” means a Chief Inspector of Inspection of Building and Construction appointed under sub-section (2) of Section 42;

(g) “contractor” means a person who undertakes to produce a given result for any establishment, other than a mere supply of goods or articles of manufacture, by the employment of building workers or who supplies building workers for any work of the establishment, and includes a sub-contractor;

(h) “Director-General” means the Director-General of Inspection appointed under sub-section (1) of Section 42;

(i) “employer”, in relation to an establishment, means the owner thereof, and includes,-

(i) in relation to a building or other construction work carried on by or under the authority of any department of the Government, directly without any contractor, the authority specified in this behalf, or where no authority is specified, the head of the department;

(ii) in relation to a building or other construction work carried on by or on behalf of a local authority or other establishment, directly without any contractor, the chief executive officer of that authority or establishment;

(iii) in relation to a building or other construction work carried on by or through a contractor, or by the employment of building workers supplied by a contractor, the contractor;

(j) “establishment” means any establishment belonging to, or under the control of, Government, by body corporate or firm, an individual or association or other body individuals which or who employs building workers in any building or other construction work; and includes an establishment belonging to a contractor, but does not include an individual who employs such workers in any building or construction work in the relation to his own residence the total cost of such construction not being more than rupees ten lakhs;

(k) “Fund” means the Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Fund of a Board constitute under sub-section (1) Section 24;

(l) “notification” means a notification published in the Official Gazette;

(m) “prescribed” means prescribed by rule made under this Act by the Central Government or, as the case may be, the State Government;

(n) “wages” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (vi) of Section 2 of the Payment of Wages Act, 1936 (4 of 1936) (2) Any reference in this Act to any law which is not in force in any area shall, in relation of the area, be construed as a reference to the corresponding law, if any, in force in that area.

3. CENTRAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE. –

(1) The Central Government shall, as soon as may be constitute a Committee to be called the Central Building and Other Construction Workers’ Advisory Committee (hereinafter referred to as the Central Advisory Committee) to advise the Central Government on such matters erasing out of the administration of this Act as may be referred to it.

(2) The Central Advisory Committee shall consist of

(a) a Chairperson to be appointed by the Central Government;

(b) three members of Parliament of whom two shall be elected by the House of the People and one by the Council of State-members;

(c) the Director-General-member, ex officio;

(d) such number of other members, not exceeding thirteen but not less than nine, as the Central Government may nominate to represent the employers, building workers, associations of architects, engineers, accident insurance institutions and any other interests which, in the opinion of the Central Government, ought to be represented on the Central Advisory Committee.

(3) The number of persons to be appointed as members from each of the categories specified in clause (d) of sub-section (2), the term of office and other conditions of service of, the procedure to be followed in the discharge of their functions by, and the manner of filling vacancies among, the members of the Central Advisory Committee shall be such as may be prescribed :

Provided that the members nominated to represent the building workers shall not be less than the number of members nominated to represent the employers.

(4) It is hereby declared that the office of member Central Advisory Committee shall not disqualify its holder for being chosen as, or for being, a Member or either House of Parliament.

COMMENTS

The Central Government has been empowered to constitute the Central Building and Other Construction Workers’ Advisory Committee. The Committee shall consist of a Chairperson, three Members of Parliament, the Director General of Inspection, not more than thirteen but not less than nine persons nominated by Government to represent the employers, building workers, association of architects, engineers, accident insurance institutions and other interests.

4. STATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE. –

(1) The State Government shall constitute a committee to be called the State Building and Other Construction Workers’ Advisory Committee (hereinafter referred to as the State Advisory Committee) to advise the State Government on such matters arising out of the administration of this Act as may be referred to it.

(2) The State Advisory Committee shall consist of –

(a) a Chairperson to be appointed by the State Government;

(b) two members of the State Legislature to be elected from the State Legislature-members;

(c) a member to be nominated by the Central Government;

(d) the Chief Inspector-member, ex officio;

(e) such number of other members, not exceeding eleven, but not less than seven, as the State Government may nominate to represent the employers, building workers, associations of architects, engineers, accident insurance institutions and any other interests which, in the opinion of the State Government, ought to be represented on the State Advisory Committee.

(3) The number of persons to be appointed as members from each of the categories specified in clause (e) of sub-section (2), the term of office and other conditions of service of, the procedure to be followed in the discharge of their functions by, and the manner of filling vacancies among, the members of State Advisory Committee shall be such as may be prescribed:

Provided that the number of members nominated to represent the building workers shall not be less than the number of members nominated to represent the employers.

5. EXPERT COMMITTEES. –

(1) The appropriate Government may constitute one or more expert committees consisting of persons specially qualified in building or other construction work for advising that Government for making rules under this Act.

(2) The members of the expert committee shall be paid such fees and allowances for attending the meetings of the committee as may be prescribed:

Provided that no fee or allowances shall be payable to a member who is an officer of Government or of any body corporate established by or under any law for the time being in force.

6. APPOINTMENT OF REGISTERING OFFICERS. –

The appropriate Government may, by order notified in the Official Gazette,-

(a) appoint such persons, being Gazetted Officers of Government, as it thinks fit, to be the registering officers for the purposes of this Act; and

(b) define the limits within which a registering officer shall exercise the powers conferred on him by or under this Act.

7. REGISTRATION OF ESTABLISHMENTS. –

(1) Every employer shall,-

(a) in relation to an establishment to which this Act applies on its commencement, within a period of sixty days from such commencement; and

(b) in relation to any other establishment to which this Act may be applicable at any time after such commencement, within a period of sixty days from the date on which this Act becomes applicable to such establishment, make an application to the registering officer for the registration of such establishment :

Provided that the registering officer may entertain any such application after the expiry of the periods aforesaid, if he is satisfied that the applicant was prevented by sufficient cause from making the application within such period.

(2) Every application under sub-section (1) shall be in such form and shall contain such particulars and shall be accompanied by such fees as may be prescribed.

(3) After the receipt of an application under sub-section (1), the registering officer shall register the establishment and issue a certificate of registration to the employer thereof in such form and within such time and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed.

(4) Where, after the registration of an establishment under this section, any change occurs in the ownership or management or other prescribed particulars in respect of such establishment, the particulars regarding such change shall be intimated by the employer to the registering officer within thirty days of such change in such form as may be prescribed.

COMMENTS

Every employer of an establishment to which this Act applies and to which this Act may be applicable at any time is required to make an application in the prescribed form with prescribed fee for the registration of his establishment within a period of sixty days of the commencement of the Act or within sixty days from the date on which this Act becomes applicable to the establishment.

8. REVOCATION OF REGISTRATION IN CERTAIN CASES. –

If the registering officer is satisfied, either on a reference made to him in this behalf or otherwise, that the registration of any establishment has been obtained by misrepresentation or suppression of any material fact or that the provisions of this Act are not being complied with in relation to any work carried on by such establishment, or that for any other reason the registration has become useless or ineffective and, therefore, requires to be revoked, he may, after giving an opportunity to the employer of the establishment to be heard, revoke the registration.

COMMENTS

If the registration of any establishment has been obtained by misrepresentation or by suppression of any material fact or if the provisions of the Act are not being complied with in relation to any work carried on by such establishment, the registration may be revoked by the registering officer by giving an opportunity to the employer of the establishment to be heard.

9. APPEAL. –

(1) Any person aggrieved by an order made under Section 8 may, within 30 days from the date on which the order is communicated to him, prefer an appeal to the appellate officer who shall be a person nominated in this behalf by the appropriate Government :

Provided that the appellate officer may entertain the appeal after the expiry of the said period of thirty days if he is satisfied that the appellant was prevented by sufficient cause from filing the appeal in time.

(2) On receipt of an appeal under sub-section (1), the appellate officer shall, after giving the appellant an opportunity of being heard, confirm, modify or reverse the order of revocation as expeditiously as possible.

COMMENTS

If any employer of an establishment is aggrieved by an order of the registering officer he can prefer an appeal to the appellate officer within thirty days from the date on which the order is communicated to him. Appeal can be made even after the expiry of thirty days if the appellant satisfies the appellate officer that he was prevented by sufficient cause from filing the appeal in time.

10. EFFECT OF NON-REGISTRATION. –

No employer of an establishment to which this Act applies shall,-

(a) in the case of an establishment required to be registered under Section 7, but which has not been registered under that section;

(b) in the case of an establishment the registration in respect of which has been revoked under Section 8 and no appeal has been preferred against such order of revocation under Section 9 within the period prescribed for the preferring of such appeal or where an appeal has been so preferred, such appeal has been dismissed, employ building workers in the establishment after the expiry of the period referred to in clause (a) or clause (b) of sub-section (1) of Section 7, or after the revocation of registration under Section 8 or after the expiry of the period for preferring an appeal under Section 9 or after the dismissed of the appeal, as the case may be.

COMMENTS

No employer of an establishment which is required to be registered but has not been registered or registration of such an establishment has been revoked and no appeal has been preferred or where an appeal has been preferred but it has been dismissed, can employ building workers in the establishment.

11. BENEFICIARIES OF THE FUND. –

Subject to the provisions of this Act, every building worker registered as a beneficiary under this Act shall be entitled to the benefits provided by the Board from its Fund under this Act.

12. REGISTRATION OF BUILDING WORKERS AS BENEFICIARIES. –

(1) Every building worker who has completed eighteen years of age, but has not completed sixty years of age, and who has been engaged in any building or other construction work for not less than ninety days during the preceding twelve months shall be eligible for registration as a beneficiary under this Act.

(2) An application for registration shall be made in such form, as may be prescribed, to the officer authorised by the Board in this behalf.

(3) Every application under sub-section (2) shall be accompanied by such documents together with such fee not exceeding fifty rupees as may be prescribed.

(4) If the officer authorised by the Board under sub-section (2) is satisfied that the applicant is complied with the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder, he shall register the name of the building worker as a beneficiary under this Act:

Provided that an application for registration shall not be rejected without giving the application an opportunity of being heard.

(5) Any person aggrieved by the decision under sub-section (4) may, within thirty days from the date of such decision, prefer an appeal to the Secretary of the Board or any office specified by the Board in this behalf and the decision of the Secretary or such other officer on such appeal shall be final:

Provided that the Secretary of any other officer specified by the Board in this behalf may entertain the appeal after the expiry of the said period of thirty days if he is satisfied that the building worker was prevented by sufficient cause from filing the appeal in time.

(6) The Secretary of Board shall cause to maintain such registers as may be prescribed.

COMMENTS

Every building worker who is between the age of eighteen and sixty and who has been engaged in any building or other construction work for not less than ninety days during the last 12 months is eligible for registration as a beneficiary of the Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Fund. Application for registration is to be made in the prescribed form and is to be accompanied with prescribed documents and a fee of not more than fifty rupees.

13. IDENTITY CARDS. –

(1) The Board shall give to every beneficiary an identity card with his photograph duly affixed thereon and with enough space for entering the details of the building or other construction work done by him.

(2) Every employer shall enter in the identity card the details of the building or other construction work done by the beneficiary and authenticate the same and return it to the beneficiary.

(3) A beneficiary who has been issued an identity card under this Act shall produce the same whenever demanded by any officer of Government or the Board, any inspector or any other authority for inspection.

14. CESSATION AS A BENEFICIARY. –

(1) A building worker who has been registered as a beneficiary under this Act shall cease to be as such when he attains the age of sixty years or when he is not engaged in building or other construction work for not less than ninety days in a year:

Provided that in computing the period of ninety days under this sub-section, there shall be excluded any period of absence from the building or other construction work due to any personal injury caused to the building worker by accident arising out of and in the course of his employment.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), if a person had been a beneficiary for at least three years continuously immediately before attaining the age of sixty years, he shall be eligible to get such benefits as may be prescribed.

Explanation : For computing the period of three years as a beneficiary with a Board under this sub-section, there shall be added any period for which a person had been a beneficiary with any other Board immediately before his registration.

15. REGISTER OF BENEFICIARIES. –

Every employer shall maintain a register in such form as may be prescribed showing the details of the employment of beneficiaries employed in the building or other construction work undertaken by him and the same may be inspected without any prior notice by the Secretary of the Board or any other officer duly authorised by the Board in this behalf.

16. CONTRIBUTION OF BUILDING WORKERS. –

(1) A building worker who has been registered as a beneficiary under this Act shall, until he attains the age of sixty years, contribute to the Fund at such rate per mensem, as may be specified by the State Government, by notification in the Official Gazette and different rates of contribution may be specified for different classes of building workers:

Provided that the Board may, if specified that a beneficiary is unable to pay his contribution due to any financial hardship, waive the payment of contribution for a period not exceeding three months at a time.

(2) A beneficiary may authorise his employer to deduct his contribution from his monthly wages and to remit the same, within fifteen days from such deduction, to the Board.

COMMENTS

A registered beneficiary, until he attains the age of sixty years, has to contribute to the Fund at the rates specified by the State Government. If any beneficiary is unable to pay his contribution due to any financial hardship, the Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board can waive the payment of contribution for a period not exceeding three months at a time.

17. EFFECT OF NON-PAYMENT OF CONTRIBUTION. –

When a beneficiary has not paid his contribution under sub- section (1) of Section 16 for a continuous period of not less than one year, he shall cease to be a beneficiary:

Provided that if Secretary of the Board is satisfied that the non-payment of contribution was for a reasonable ground and that the building worker is willing to deposit the arrears, he may allow the building worker to deposit the contribution in arrears and on such deposit being made, the registration of building worker shall stand restored.

COMMENTS

If any beneficiary fails to pay his contribution for a continuous period of not less than one year, he ceases to be a beneficiary of the Fund. But if the failure to pay the contribution was for a reasonable ground and the building worker is willing to deposit the arrears, his registration may be restored.

18. CONSTITUTION OF STATE WELFARE BOARDS. –

(1) Every State Government shall, with effect from such date as it may, by notification, appoint, constitute a Board to be known as the … (name of the State) Building and other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board to exercise the powers conferred on, and perform the functions assigned to it, under this Act.

(2) The Board shall be a body corporate by the name aforesaid, having perpetual succession and a common seal and shall by the said name sue and be sued.

(3) The Board shall consist of a Chairperson, a person to be nominated by the Central Government and such number of other members, not exceeding fifteen, as may be appointed to it by the State Government :

Provided that the Board shall include an equal number of members representing the State Government, the employers and the building workers and that at least one member of the Board shall be a woman.

(4) The terms and conditions of appointment and the salaries and other allowances payable to the chairperson and the other members of the Board, and the manner of filling of casual vacancies of the members if the Board, shall be such as may be prescribed.

19. SECRETARY AND OTHER OFFICERS OF BOARDS. –

(1) The Board shall appoint a Secretary and such other officers and employees as it considers necessary for the efficient discharge of its functions under this Act.

(2) The Secretary of the Board shall be its chief executive officer.

(3) The terms and conditions of appointment and the salary and allowances payable to the Secretary and the other officers and employees of the Board shall be such as may be prescribed.

20. MEETINGS OF BOARDS. –

(1) The Board shall meet at such time and place and observe such rules of procedure in regard to the transaction of business as its meetings (including the quorum at such meetings) as may be prescribed.

(2) The chairperson or, if for any reason he is unable to attend a meeting of the Board, any member nominated by the chairperson in this behalf and in the absence of such nomination, any other member elected by the members present from amongst themselves at the meeting, shall preside at the meeting.

(3) All questions which come up before any meeting of the Board shall be decided by a majority of votes of the members present and voting, and in the event of equality of votes, the chairperson, or in his absence, the person presiding, shall have a second or a casting vote.

21. VACANCIES ETC., NOT TO INVALIDATE PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARDS. –

No act or proceeding of a Board shall be invalid merely by reason of-

(a) any vacancy in, or any defect in the constitution of, the Board; or

(b) any defect in the appointment of a person acting as a member of the Board; or

(c) any irregularity in the procedure of the Board not affecting the merits of the case.

22. FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARDS. – -

(1) The Board may-

(a) provide immediate assistance to a beneficiary in case of accident;

(b) make payment of pension to the beneficiaries who have completed the age of sixty years;

(c) sanction loans and advances to a beneficiary for construction of a house not exceeding such amount and on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed;

(d) pay such amount in connection with premia for Group Insurance Scheme of the beneficiaries as it may be deem fit;

(e) give such financial assistance for the education of children of the beneficiaries as may be prescribed;

(f) meet such medical expenses for treatment of major ailments of a beneficiary or, such dependent, as may be prescribed;

(g) make payment of maternity benefit to the female beneficiaries; and

(h) make provision and improvement of such other welfare measures and facilities as may be prescribed.

(2) The Board may grant loan or subsidy to a local authority or an employer in aid of any scheme approved by the State Government for the purpose connected with the welfare of building workers in any establishment.

(3) The Board may pay annually grants-in-aid to a local authority or to an employer who provides to the satisfaction of the Board welfare measures and facilities of the standard specified by the Board for the benefit of the building workers and the members of the family, so, however, that the amount payable as grants-in-aid to any local authority or employer shall not exceed-

(a) the amount spent in providing welfare measures and facilities as determined by the State Government or any person specified by it in this behalf, or

(b) such amount as may be prescribed, whichever is less :

Provided that no grants-in-aid shall be payable in respect of any such welfare measures and facilities where the amount spent thereon determined as aforesaid is less than the amount prescribed in this behalf.

23. GRANTS AND LOANS BY THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT. –

The Central Government may, after due appropriation made by Parliament by law in this behalf, make to a Board grants and loans of such sums of money as the Government may consider necessary.

24. BUILDING AND OTHER CONSTRUCTION WORKERS’ WELFARE FUND AND ITS APPLICATION. –

(1) There shall be constituted by a Board a fund to be called the Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Fund and there shall be credited thereto-

(a) any grants and loans made to the Board by the Central Government under Section 23;

(b) all contributions made by the beneficiaries;

(c) all sums received by the Board from such other sources as may be decided by the Central Government.

(2) The Fund shall be applied for meeting- (a) expenses of the Board in the discharge of its functions under Section 22; and

(b) salaries, allowances and other remuneration of the members, officers and other employees of the Board;

(c) expenses on objects and for purposes authorised by this Act.

(3) No Board shall, in my financial year, incur expenses towards salaries, allowances and other remuneration to its members, officers and other employees and for meeting the other administrative expenses five per cent of its total expenses during that financial year.

25. BUDGET. –

The Board shall prepare in such form and at such time each financial year, as may be prescribed, its budget for the next financial year, showing the estimated receipts and expenditure of the Board and forward the same to the State Government and the Central Government.

26. ANNUAL REPORT. –

The Board shall prepare, in such form and at such time each financial year as may be prescribed, its annual report, giving a full account of its activities during the previous financial year, and submit a copy thereof to the State Government and the Central Government.

27. ACCOUNTS AND ADULTS. –

(1) The Board shall maintain proper accounts and other relevant records and prepare an annual statement of accounts in such form as may be prescribed in consultant with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

(2) The Comptroller and Auditor General of India or any other person appointed by him in connection with the auditing of the accounts of the Board under this Act shall have the same rights and privileges and the authority in connection with such audit as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has in connection with the auditing of the Government accounts and, in particular shall have the right to demand the production of books, accounts, connected vouchers and other documents and papers and to inspect any of the office of the Board under this Act.

(3) The accounts of the Board shall be audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India annually and any expenditure incurred in connection with such audit shall be payable by the Board to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

(4) The Board shall furnish to the State Government before such date as may be prescribed its audited copy of accounts together with the auditor’s report.

(5) The State Government shall cause the annual report and auditor’s report to be laid, as soon as may be after they are received, before the State Legislature.

28. FIXING HOURS FOR NORMAL WORKING DAY, ETC. –

(1) The appropriate Government may, by rules,-

(a) fix the number of hours of work which shall constitute a normal working day for a building worker, inclusive of one or more specified intervals;

(b) provide for a day to rest in every period of seven days which shall be allowed to all building workers and for the payment of remuneration in respect of such days of rest;

(c) provide for payment of work on a day of rest at a rate not less than the overtime rate specified in Section 29.

(2) The provisions of sub-section (1) shall, in relation to the following classes of building workers, apply only to such extent, and subject to such conditions, as may be prescribed, namely :- (a) persons engaged on urgent work, or in any emergency which could not have been foreseen or prevented;

(b) persons engaged in a work in the nature of preparatory or complementary work which must necessarily be carried on outside the normal hours of work laid down in the rules;

(c) persons engaged in any work which for technical reasons has to be completed before the day is over;

(d) persons engaged in a work which could not be carried on except at times dependent on the irregular action for natural forces.

COMMENTS

Government has been empowered to fix the number of hours of work for a building worker, to provide for a day of rest in every period of 7 days and for the payment of remuneration in respect of such days of rest, to provide for payment of work on a day of rest at a rate not less than the overtime rate.

29. WAGES FOR OVERTIME WORK. –

(1) Where any building worker is required to work on any day in excess of the number of hours constituting a normal working day, he shall be entitled to wages at the rate of twice his ordinary rate of wages.

(2) For the purpose of this section, “ordinary rate of wages” means the basic wages plus such allowances as the worker is for the time being entitled to but does not include any bonus.

COMMENTS

If any building workers is required to work on any day in excess of the number of hours constituting a normal working day, he is entitled to wages at the rate of twice his ordinary rate of wages.

30. MAINTENANCE OF REGISTER AND RECORDS. –

(1) Every employer shall maintain such registers and records given such particulars of building workers employed by him, the work performed by them, a day of rest in every period of seven days which shall be allowed to them, the wages paid to them, the receipts given by them and such other particulars in such form as may be prescribed.

(2) Every employer shall keep exhibited, in such manner as may be prescribed, in the place where such workers may be employed, notice in the prescribed form containing the prescribed particulars.

(3) The appropriate Government may, by rules, provide for the issue of wage books or wage slips to building workers employed in an establishment and prescribed the manner in which entries shall be made by authenticated in such wage books or wage slips by the employer or his agent.

31. PROHIBITION OF EMPLOYMENT OF CERTAIN PERSONS IN CERTAIN BUILDING OR OTHER CONSTRUCTION WORK. –

No person about whom the employer knows or has reason to believe that he is a deaf or he has a defective vision or he has a tendency to giddiness shall be required or allowed to work in any operation of building or other construction work which is likely to involve a risk of any accident either to the building worker himself or to any other person.

32. DRINKING WATER. –

(1) The employer shall make in every place where building or other construction work is in progress, effective arrangements to provide and maintain at suitable points conveniently situated for all persons employed therein, a sufficient supply of wholesome drinking water.

(2) All such points shall be legibly marked “Drinking Water” in a language understood by a majority of the persons employed in such place and no such point shall be situated within six meters of any washing place, urinal or latrine.

33. LATRINES AND URINALS. –

In every place where building or other construction work is carried on, the employer shall provide sufficient latrine and urinal accommodation of such types as may be prescribed and they shall be so conveniently situated as may be accessible to the building workers at all times while they are in such place :

Provided that it shall not be necessary to provide to separate urinals in any place where less than fifty persons are employed or where the latrines are connected to a water-borne sewage system.

34. ACCOMMODATION. –

(1) The employer shall provide, free of charges and within the work site or as near to it as may be possible, temporary living accommodation to all building workers employed by him for such period as the building or other construction work is in progress.

(2) The temporary accommodation provided under sub-section (1) shall have separate cooking place, bathing, washing and lavatory facilities.

(3) As soon as may be, after the building or other construction work is over, the employer, shall, at his own cost, cause removal or demolition of the temporary structures erected by him for the purpose of providing living accommodation, cooking place or other facilities to the building workers as required under sub-section (1) and restore the ground in good level and clean condition.

(4) In case an employer is given any land by a Municipal Board or any other local authority for the purposes of providing temporary accommodation for the building workers under this section, he shall, as soon as may be after the construction work is over, return the possession of such land in the same condition in which he received the same.

35. CRECHES. –

(1) In every place wherein, more than fifty female building workers are ordinarily employed, there shall be provided and maintained a suitable room or rooms for the use of children under the age of six years of such female workers.

(2) Such rooms shall-

(a) provide adequate accommodation;

(b) be adequately lighted and ventilated;

(c) be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition;

(d) be under the charge of women trained in the care of children and infants.

36. FIRST-AID. –

Every employer shall provide in all the place where building or other construction work is carried on such first-aid facilities as may be prescribed.

37. CANTEENS, ETC. –

The appropriate Government may, by rules, require the employer

- (a) to provide and maintain in every place wherein not less than two hundred and fifty building workers are ordinarily employed a canteen for the use of the workers;

(b) to provide such other welfare measures for the benefit of building workers as may be prescribed.

38. SAFETY COMMITTEE AND SAFETY OFFICERS. –

(1) In every establishment wherein five hundred or more building workers are ordinarily employed, the employer shall constitute a Safety Committee consisting of such number of representatives of the employer and the building workers as may be prescribed by the State Government :

Provided that the number of persons representing the workers, shall, in no case, be less than the persons representing the employer.

(2) In every establishment referred to in sub-section (1), the employer shall also appoint a safety officer who shall posses such qualifications and perform such duties as may be prescribed.

39. NOTICE OF CERTAIN ACCIDENTS. –

(1) Where in any establishment an accident occurs which causes death or which causes any bodily injury by reason of which the person injured is prevented from working for the period of forty- eight hours or more immediately following the accident, or which is of such a nature as may be prescribed, the employer shall give notice thereof to such authority, in such form and within such time as may be prescribed.

(2) On receipt of a notice under sub-section (1) the authority referred to in that sub-section may make such investigation or inquiry as it considers necessary.

(3) Where a notice given under sub-section (1) relates to an accident causing death of five or more persons, the authority shall make an inquiry into such accident within one month of the receipt of the notice.

40. POWER OF APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE RULES FOR THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF BUILDING WORKERS. –

(1) The appropriate Government may, by notification, make rules regarding the measures to be taken for the safety and health of building workers in the course of their employment and the equipment and appliances necessary to be provided to them for ensuring their safety, health and protection, during such employment.

(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:-

(a) the safe means of access to, and the safety of, any working place, including the provisions of suitable and sufficient scaffolding at various stages when work cannot be safely done from the ground or any part of a building or from a ladder or such other means of transport;

(b) the precautions to be taken in connection with the demolition of the whole or any substantial part of the building or other structure under the supervision of a competent person and avoidance of danger from collapse of any building or other structure while removing any part of the framed building or other structure by shoring or otherwise;

(c) the handling or use of explosive under the control of competent persons so that there is no exposure to the risk of injury from explosion or from flying material;

(d) the erection, installation, use and maintenance of transporting equipment, such as locomotives, trucks, wagons and other vehicles and trailers and appointment of competent persons to drive or operate such equipment;

(e) the erection, installation, use and maintenance of hoists, lifting appliances and lifting gear including periodical testing and examination and heat treatment, where necessary, precautions to be taken while raising or lowering loads, restrictions on carriage of persons and appointment of competent persons on hoists or other lifting appliances;

(f) the adequate and suitable lighting of every workplace and approach thereto, of every place where raising or lowering operations with the use of hoists, lifting appliances or lifting gears are in progress and of all openings dangerous to building workers employed;

(g) the precautions to be taken to prevent inhalation of dust, fumes, gases or vapors during any grinding, cleaning, spraying or manipulation of any material and steps to be taken to secure and maintain adequate ventilation of every working place or confined space;

(h) the measures to be taken during stacking or unshackling, stowing or unstaring of materials or goods or handling in connection therewith;

(i) the safeguarding of machinery including the fencing of every flywheel and every moving part of a prime mover and every part of transmission or other machinery, unless it is in such a position or of such construction as to be safe to every worker working on any of the operations and as if it were surely fenced;

(j) the safe handling and use of plant, including tools and equipment operated by compressed air;

(k) the precautions to be taken in case of fire;

(l) the limits of weight to be lifted or moved by workers;

(m) the safe transport of workers to or from any workplace by water and provision of means for rescue from drowning;

(n) the steps to be taken to prevent danger to workers from live electric wires or apparatus including electrical machinery and tools and from overhead wires;

(o) the keeping of safety nets, safety sheets and safety belts where the special nature or the circumstances of work render them necessary for the safety of the workers;

(p) the standards to be complied with regard to scaffolding, ladders and stairs, lifting appliances, ropes, chains and accessories, earth-moving equipments and floating operational equipment;

(q) the precautions to be taken with regard to pile driving, concrete work, work with hot asphalt, tar or other similar things, insulation work, demolition operations, excavation, underground construction and handling materials;

(r) the safety policy, that is to say, a policy relating to steps to be taken to ensure the safety and health of the building workers, the administrative arrangement therefore and the matter connected therewith, to be framed by the employers and contractors for the operations to be carried on in a building or other construction work;

(s) the information to be furnished to the Bureau of Indian Standards established under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986 (63 of 1986), regarding the use of any article or process covered under that Act in a building or other construction work;

(t) the provision and maintenance of medical facilities for building workers;

(u) any other matter concerning the safety and health of workers working in any of the operations being carried on in a building or other construction work.

41. FRAMING OF MODEL RULES FOR SAFETY MEASURES. –

The Central Government may, after considering the recommendation of the expert committee constituted under Section 5, frame model rules in respect of all or any of the matters specified in Section 40 and where any such model rules have been framed in respect of any such matter, the appropriate Government shall, while making any rules in respect of that matter under Section 40, so far as is practicable, conform to such model rules.

42. APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR-GENERAL, CHIEF INSPECTOR AND INSPECTORS. –

(1) The Central Government may, by notification, appoint a Gazetted Officer of that Government to be the Director General of Inspection who shall be responsible for laying down the standards of inspection and shall also exercise the powers of an Inspector throughout India in relation to all the establishments for which the Central Government is the appropriate Government.

(2) The State Government may, by notification, appoint a Gazetted Officer of that Government to be the Chief Inspector of Inspection of Buildings and Construction who shall be responsible for effectively carrying out the provisions of this Act in the State and shall also exercise the powers of an Inspector under this Act throughout the State in relation to establishments for which the State Government is the appropriate Government.

(3) The appropriate Government may, by notification, appoint such number of its officers as it thinks to be Inspectors for the purposes of this Act and may assign to them such local limits as it may think fit.

(4) Every Inspector appointed under this section shall be subject to the control of the Director General or the Chief Inspector, as the case may be, and shall exercise his powers and perform his functions under this Act subject to general control and supervision of the Director General or the Chief Inspector.

(5) The Director General, the Chief Inspector and every Inspector shall be deemed to be public servants within the meaning of Section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).

43. POWERS OF INSPECTORS. –

(1) Subject to any rules made in this behalf, an Inspector may, within the local limits for which he is appointed,-

(a) enter, at all reasonable hours, with such assistants (if any) being persons in the service of the Government or any local or other public authority as he thinks fit, any premises or place where building or other construction work is carried on, for the purpose of examining any register or record or notices required to be kept or exhibited by or under this Act, and require the production thereof for inspection;

(b) examine any person whom he finds in any such premises or place and who, he has reasonable cause to believe, is a building worker employed therein;

(c) require any person giving out building or other construction work to any building worker, to give any information, which is in his power to give with respect to the names and addresses of the persons to, for and whom the building or other construction work is given out or received, and with respect to the payments to be made for the building or other construction work;

(d) seize or take copies of such register, record of wages or notices or portions thereof as he may consider relevant in respect of an offence under this Act which he has reason to believe has been committed by the employer; and

(e) exercise such other powers may be prescribed.

(2) For the purposes of this section, the Director General or the Chief Inspector, as the case may be, may employ experts or agencies having such qualifications and experience and on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed.

(3) Any person required to produce any document or to give any information required by an Inspector under sub-section (1) shall be deemed to be legally bound to do so within the meaning of Section 175 and Section 176 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).

(4) The provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), shall, so far as may be, apply to such search of seizure under sub-section (1) as they apply to any search or seizure made under the authority of a warrant issued under Section 94 of the said Code.

44. RESPONSIBILITY OF EMPLOYERS. –

An employer shall be responsible for providing constant and adequate supervision of any building or other construction work in his establishment as to ensure compliance with the provisions of this Act relating to safety and for taking all practical steps to prevent accidents.

45. RESPONSIBILITY FOR PAYMENT OF WAGES AND COMPENSATION. –

(1) An employer shall be responsible for payment of wages to each building worker employed by him and such wages shall be paid on or before such date as may be prescribed.

(2) In case the contractor falls to make payment of compensation in respect of a building worker employed by him, where he is liable to make such payment when due, or makes short payment thereof, then, in the case of death or disablement of the building worker, the employer shall be liable to make payment of that compensation in full or the unpaid balance due in accordance with the provisions of the Workmen’s Compensation Act, 1923 (8 of 1923), and recover the amount so paid from the contractor either by deduction from any amount payable to the contractor under any contract or as a debt payable by the contractor.

46. NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT OF BUILDING OR OTHER CONSTRUCTIVE WORK. –

(1) An employer shall, at least thirty days before the commencement of any building or other construction work send or cause to be sent to the Inspector having jurisdiction in the area where the proposed building or other construction work is to be executed, a written notice containing-

(a) the name and situation of the place where the building or other construction work is proposed to be carried on;

(b) the name and address of the person who is undertaking the building or other construction work;

(c) the address to which communications relating to the building or other construction work may be sent;

(d) the nature of the work involved and the facilities, including any plant and machinery, provided;

(e) the arrangements for the storage of explosives, if any, to be used in the building or other construction work;

(f) the number of workers likely to be employed during the various stages of building or other construction work;

(g) the name and designation of the person who will be in overall charge of the building or other construction work at the site;

(h) the approximate duration of the work;

(i) such other matters as may be prescribed.

(2) Where any change occurs in any of the particulars furnished under sub-section (1), the employer shall intimate the change to the Inspector within two days of such change.

(3) Nothing contained in sub-section (1) shall apply in case of such class of building or other construction work as the appropriate Government may by notification specify to be emergent works.

47. PENALTY FOR CONTRAVENTION OF PROVISIONS REGARDING SAFETY MEASURES. –

(1) Whoever contravenes the provisions of any rules and under Section 40 shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees, or with both, and in the case of a continuing contravention, with an additional fine which may extend to one hundred rupees for every day during which such contravention continues after conviction for the first such contravention.

(2) If any person who has been convicted of any offence punishable under sub-section (1) is again guilty of an offence involving a contravention or failure of compliance of the same provision, he shall be punishable on a subsequent conviction with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine which shall not be less than five hundred rupees but which may extend to two thousand rupees or with both:

Provided that for the purposes of this sub-section, no cognizance shall be taken of any conviction made more than two years before the commission of the offences for which the persons is subsequently being convicted:

Provided further that the authority imposing the penalty, if it is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances warranting such a course may, after recording its reasons in writing, impose a fine of less than five hundred rupees.

COMMENTS

Contravention of any rules made for the safety and health of building and other construction workers is punishable with imprisonment upto three months, or with fine upto two thousand rupees or with both. Continuing contravention is punishable with additional fine upto one hundred rupees for every day after conviction for the first contravention. If any person, who has been convicted of any offence cited above and is again guilty of an offence involving a contravention or failure of compliance of the same provision he shall be punishable on a subsequent conviction with imprisonment upto six months, or with fine of not less than five hundred rupees but which may be upto two thousand rupees or with both.

48. PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO GIVE NOTICE OF THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE BUILDING OR OTHER CONSTRUCTION WORK. –

Where an employer fails to give notice of the commencement of the building or other construction work under Section 46, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees, or with both.

COMMENTS

Failure to give notice of commencement of the building or other construction work is punishable with imprisonment upto three months, or with fine upto two thousand rupees, or with both.

49. PENALTY FOR OBSTRUCTIONS. –

(1) Whoever obstructs an Inspector in the discharge of his duties under this Act or refuses or willfully neglects to afford the Inspector any reasonable facility for making any inspection, examination, inquiry or investigation authorised by or under this Act in relation to an establishment shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.

(2) Whoever willfully refuses to produce on the demand of an Inspector any register or other document kept in pursuance of this Act or prevents or attempts to prevent or does anything which he has reason to believe to prevent any person from appearing before, or being examined by, an Inspector acting in pursuance of his duties under this Act shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.

50. PENALTY FOR OTHER OFFENCES. –

(1) Whoever contravenes any other provision of this Act or any rules made there under or who fails to comply with any provision of this Act or any rules there under shall, where no express penalty is elsewhere provided for such contravention or failure, be punishable with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees for every such contravention or failure, as the case may be, and in the case of a continuing contravention or failure, as the case may be, with an additional fine which may extend to one hundred rupees for every day during which such contravention or failure continues after the conviction for the first such contravention or failure.

(2) A penalty under sub-section (1) may be imposed-

(a) by the Director General where the contravention or failure relates to a matter to which the appropriate Government is the Central Government; and

(b) by the Chief Inspector where the contravention or failure relates to a matter to which the appropriate Government is the State Government.

(3) No penalty shall be imposed unless the person concerned is given a notice in writing-

(a) informing him of the grounds on which it is purposed to impose a penalty; and

(b) giving him a responsible opportunity of making a representation in writing within such reasonable time as may be specified in the notice against the imposition of penalty mentioned therein, and, if he so desires, of being heard in the matter.

(4) Without prejudice to any other provision contained in this Act, the Director General and the Chief Inspector shall have all the powers of a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908), while exercising any powers under this section, in respect of the following matters, namely:-

(a) summoning and enforcing the attendance of witnesses;

(b) requiring the discovery and production of any document;

(c) requisitioning any public record or copy thereof from any court or office;

(d) receiving evidence of affidavits; and

(e) issuing commissions for the examination of witnesses or documents.

(5) Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to prevent the person concerned from being prosecuted under any other provision of this Act or any other law for any offence made punishable by this Act or by that other law, as the case may be, or for being liable under this Act or any such law to any other or higher penalty or punishment then is provided for such offence by this section : Provided that no person shall be punished twice for the same offence.

51. APPEAL. –

(1) Any person aggrieved by the imposition of any penalty under Section 50 may prefer an appeal-

(a) where the penalty has been imposed by the Director General, to the Central Government;

(b) where the penalty has been imposed by the Chief Inspector, to the State Government, within a period of three months from the date of communication to such person of the imposition of such penalty :

Provided that the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be, may, if it is satisfied that the appellant was prevented by sufficient cause from preferring an appeal within the aforesaid period of three months, allow such appeal to be preferred within a further period of three months.

(2) The appellate authority may, after giving the appellant an opportunity of being heard, if he so desires, and after making such further inquiry, if any, as it may consider necessary, pass such order as it thinks fit confirming, modifying or reversing the order appealed against or may send back the case with such directions as it may think fit for a fresh decision.

COMMENTS

If any person is aggrieved by the imposition of any penalty under section 50 he can prefer an appeal to the Central Government where the penalty is imposed by the Director General, to the State Government where the penalty is imposed by the Chief Inspector within a period of three months from the date of communication to such person of the imposition of the penalty. If the appellant has been prevented by sufficient cause from preferring an appeal within three months the Government may allow such appeal to be preferred within a further period of three months.

52. RECOVERY OF PENALTY. –

Where any penalty imposed on any person under Section 50 is not paid,-

(i) the Director-General or, as the case may be, the Chief Inspector may deduct the amount so payable from any money owing to such person which may be under his control; or

(ii) the Director-General or, as the case may be, the Chief Inspector recover the amount so payable by detaining or selling the goods belonging to such person which are under his control; or

(iii) if the amount cannot be recovered from such person in the manner provided in clause (i) or clause (ii), the Director- General or, as the case may be, the Chief Inspector may prepare a certificate signed by him specifying the amount due from such person and send it to the Collector of the district in which such person owns any property or resides or carries on his business and the said Collector, on receipt of such certificate shall proceed to recover from such person the amount specified there under as if it were an arrear of land revenue.

53. OFFENCES BY COMPANIES. –

(1) Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company, every person who, at the time of offence was committed, was in charge of, and was responsible to, the company for the conduct of the business of the company, as well as the company, shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly :

Provided that nothing contained in this sub-section shall render any such person liable to any punishment, if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that he had exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where any offence under this Act has been committed by a company and it is proved that the offence has been committed with the concern or connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part of any director, manager, secretary or the officer of the company, such director, manager, secretary or other officer shall be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceed against and punished accordingly.

Explanation : For the purpose of this section,-

(a) “company” means any body corporate and includes a firm or other association of individuals; and

(b) “director”, in relation to a firm, means a partner in the firm.

54. COGNIZANCE OF OFFENCES. –

(1) No court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under this Act except on a complaint-

(a) made by, or with the previous sanction in writing of, the Director-General or the Chief Inspector; or

(b) made by an office-bearer of a voluntary organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 (21 of 1860); or

(c) made by an office-bearer of any concern trade union registered under the Trade Unions Act, 1926 (16 of 1926).

(2) No court inferior to that of a Metropolitan Magistrate or a Judicial Magistrate of the first class shall try any offence punishable under this Act.

55. LIMITATIONS OF PROSECUTIONS. –

No court shall take cognizance of an offence punishable under this Act unless the complaint thereof is made within three months from the date on which the alleged commission of the offence came to the knowledge of the Director-General, the Chief Inspector, an office-bearer of a voluntary organisation or, as the case may be, an office-bearer of any concerned trade union.

56. DELEGATION OF POWERS. –

A Board may, by general or special order, delegate to the Chairperson or any other member or to the Secretary or any other officer or employee of the Board, subject to such conditions and limitations, if any, as may be specified in the order, such of its powers and duties under this Act as it may deem necessary.

57. RETURNS. –

Every Board shall furnish from time to time to the Central Government and to the State Government such returns as they may require.

58. APPLICATION OF ACT 8 OF 1923 TO BUILDING WORKERS. –

The provisions of the Worker’s Compensation Act 1923, shall so far as may be, apply to building workers as if the employment to which this Act applies had been included in the Second Schedule to the Act.

59. PROTECTION OF ACTION TAKEN IN GOOD FAITH. –

(1) No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against any person for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done is pursuance of this Act or any rule or order made there under.

(2) No prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against the Government, any Board or Committees constitute under this Act or any member of such Board or any offer to employee of the Government or the Board or any other person authorised by the Government or any Board or Committee, for any damage caused or likely to be caused by anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done in pursuance of this Act or any rule or order made or issued there under.

60. POWER OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT TO GIVE DIRECTIONS.

The Central Government may give directions to the Government of any State or to a Board as to the carrying into execution in that State of any of the provisions of this Act.

61. POWER TO REMOVE DIFFICULTIES. –

(1) If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the Central Government may, by order published in the Official Gazette, make such provisions not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, as appears to it to be necessary or expedient for removing the difficulty;

Provided that no such order shall be made after the expiry of two years from the date of commencement of this Act.

(2) Every order made under this section shall, as soon as may be after it is made be laid before each House of Parliament.

62. POWER TO MAKE RULES. –

(1) The appropriate Government may, after consultation with the expert committee, by notification, make rules for carrying out the provisions of this Act.

(2) In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:

(a) the number of persons to be appointed as members representing various interests on the Central Advisory Committee and the State Advisory Committees, the term of their office and other conditions of service, the procedure to be followed in the discharge of their functions and the manner of filling vacancies under sub-section (3) of Section 3 or, as the case may be, under sub-section (3) of Section 4;

(b) the fees and allowances that may be paid to the members of the expert committee for attending its meeting under sub-section (2) of Section 5;

(c) the form of application for the registration of an establishment, the levy of fees therefore and the particulars it may contain under sub-section (2) of Section 7;

(d) the form of certificate of registration, the time within which and the conditions subject to which such certificate may be issued under sub-section (3) of Section 7;

(e) the form in which the change in ownership or management or other particulars shall be intimated to the registering office under sub-section (4) of Section 7;

(f) the form in which an application for registration as a beneficiary shall be made under sub-section (2) of Section 12;

(g) the document and the fee which shall accompany the application under sub-section (3) of Section 12;

(h) the registers which the Secretary of the Board shall cause to be maintained under sub-section (6) of Section 12;

(i) the benefits which may be given under sub-section (2) of Section 14;

(j) the form in which register of beneficiaries shall be maintained under Section 15;

(k) the terms and conditions of appointment, the salaries and other allowances payable to, and the manner of filling of casual vacancies of, the Chairperson and other members of the Board under sub-section (4) of Section 18;

(l) the terms and conditions of service and the salaries and allowances payable to the Secretary and the other officers and employees of the Board under sub-section (3) of Section 19;

(m) the time and place of the meeting of the Board and the rules of procedure to be followed at such meeting under sub-section (1) of Section 20 including quorum for the transaction of business;

(n) the amount payable as house building loans or advances, the terms and conditions of such payment under clause (c), educational assistance under clause (e), medical expenses payable and the persons shall be the dependent of the beneficiaries under clause (f), and the other welfare measures for which provision may be made under clause (h) of sub-section (1) of Section 22;

(o) the limits of grants-in-aid payable to the local authorities and employers under sub-clause (b) of sub-clause (3) of Section 22;

(p) the form in which and the time within which the budget of the Board shall be prepared and forwarded to Government under Section 25;

(q) the form in which and the time within which the annual report of the Board shall be submitted to the State Government and the Central Government under Section 26;

(r) the form of annual statement of accounts under sub-section (1), and the date before which the audited copy of the accounts together with the auditor’s report shall be furnished under sub- section (4), of Section 27;

(s) the matters required to be provided under sub-section (1) of Section 28 and the extent up to which, and the conditions subject to which, the provisions of that sub-section shall apply to the building workers under sub-section (2) of that section;

(t) the registers and records that shall be maintained by the employer and the form in which such registers shall be maintained and the particulars to be included therein under sub-section (1) of Section 30;

(u) the form and manner in which a notice shall be exhibited and the particulars it may contain under sub-section (2) of Section 30;

(v) the issue of wage books or wage slips to building workers and the manner in which entries are to be made and authenticated in wage books or wage slips under sub-section (3) of Section 30;

(w) the types of latrines and urinals required to be provided under Section 33;

(x) the first-aid facilities which are to be provided under Section 36;

(y) the canteen facilities which are to be provided under clause (a) of Section 37;

(z) the welfare measures which are to be provided under clause (b) of Section 37;

(za) the number of representatives of the employer and the building workers under sub-section (1) of Section 38 and the qualifications of safety officers and the duties to be performed by them under sub-section (2) of that section;

(zb) the form of a notice of accident, other matters to be provided in this behalf and the time within which such notice shall be given under sub-section (1) if Section 39;

(zc) the rules to be made for the safety and health of building workers under Section 40;

(zd) the powers that may be exercised by an Inspector under clause (e) of sub-section (1) of Section 43 and the qualifications and experience which the experts or agencies employed under sub-section (2) of that section shall posses and the terms and conditions on which such experts or agencies may be employed.

(ze) the date on or before which wages shall be paid to a building worker under Section 45;

(zf) the matters which are required to be prescribed under clause (i) of sub-section (1) of Section 46;

(zg) any other matter which is required to be, or may be, prescribed.

(3) Every rule made by the Central Government under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while it is in session for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making modification in the rule of both House agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so, however, that any such modifications or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.

(4) Every rule made by the State Government under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of the State Legislature where it consists of two Houses, or where such Legislature consists of one House, before that House.

63. SAVING OF CERTAIN LAWS. –

Nothing contained in this Act shall affect the operation of any corresponding law in a State providing welfare schemes which are more beneficial to the building and other construction workers than those provided for them by under this Act.

64. REPEAL AND SAVING. –

(1) The Building and Other Construction Workers’ (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Third Ordinance, 1996 (Ordinance 25 of 1996), is hereby repealed.

(2) Notwithstanding such repeal, anything done or any actions taken under the said Ordinance shall be deemed to have been done or taken under the corresponding provisions of this Act.

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  1. deepa.r.n says:

    sir thanks for information i red building and other contraction workers act very usefull information i got thanks for imporving my knowlede.

  2. pankaj singh says:

    This bocw act verty use full for me and imoprove my self knowlede.

  3. Sir, I am an Advocate from chennai, thanks for providing valuable information from which i have got an idea to proceed my client’s case regarding BOCW act1996.

  4. prabhu says:

    Deputy chief send letter that the court action will be taken for the following section in building and other construction workers act 1996. 1) sec7(1) , 2) Section 46 3) Section 36, 4) section 30(1, 5) section 33 6) section 30(1),7)Section 28(1) . Kindly suggest for further action.

  5. Sir, I am a safety officer from banglore thanks for valuable section information me . i have got a idea to proceed my activity .
    kindly suggest for further action

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