Only one per cent workers registered with welfare board: Group

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New Delhi Mar 11 (UNI) Only one per cent of the construction workers were registered with Construction Workers' Welfare Board, a group of organisations fighting for workers' rights said today.

Commonwealth Games-Citizens for Workers, Women and Children (CWG-CWC) claimed that though the Welfare Fund was worth Rs 120 crore, only one per cent of the workers had registered with the welfare board, thus, depriving them of the various benefits.

A rapid scaling up of worker registration at the Commonwealth Games and other sites in Delhi by the Welfare Board will help workers access benefits from the fund and ensure social security and safety, group representative said.

The group has urged the Delhi Labour Commissioner, Labour Ministers and the Centre to take cognizance of the situation and put in place immediate corrective and preventive measures. The group also referred to the reported deaths of workers at the site of the Commonwealth Games Village in East Delhi last week.

In a letter to Chief Minister Shiela Dikhit, the CWG-CWC has demanded immediate setting up of an investigation team, a monitoring committee, health infrastructure at all sites and compensation for the next of kin of the deceased.

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